Rap's New Jazz Messengers Us

3 Takes Fusion Further Than Some Have Ever Dreamed

The young music fan was lying happily on his couch, listening to Hand on the Torch, the new CD by US 3, when he drifted into a dream about the late jazz drummer Art Blakey, leader of the influential Jazz Messengers.

"Mr. Blakey!" the fan exclaimed. "I love your work! The things you did to nurture young jazzmen like Terence Blanchard -- just amazing! But you should really hear what's happened to jazz since you, ah, passed on. There are all these young performers -- such as A Tribe Called Quest, Freestyle Fellowship and now US 3 -- who are combining...

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