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Vocalists Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez make up Jazzyfatnastees. In 1993, they were part of a vocal quartet that had landed a deal with Tommy Boy. But by 1995, the deal had fallen through. After drifting for a few years, Moore and Martinez found themselves in Philadelphia, their quartet reduced to a duo by departures. The two had known the guys in the Roots for a few years, having opened shows for them in the past. For their debut album as Jazzyfatnastees, Moore and Martinez signed with Motive Records, the Roots’ imprint at MCA. The Once and Future, their self-written and -produced debut album, arrived in 1999. Filled with sunny harmonies and laid-back grooves, the album was ahead of its time, or at least ahead of the neo-soul movement, which would peak a few years later with the arrival of songbirds like Macy Gray and India.Arie. Nevertheless, the Jazzys persevered. They founded Black Lily, a showcase for artists of the very non-categories — neo-funk and -soul, organic hip-hop — in which they found themselves. They also began work on their sophomore effort, which arrived in September of 2002. The Tortoise & the Hare, released through the duo’s new deal with Coolhunter/Ryko distribution, continued to hone Moore and Martinez’s soulful, modern, and definitely groovy sound.


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  • tanjazaric

    great music

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
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    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • No3made

    nice groove!

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
  • emah4482

    I love them. I need to hear something new

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Toastyluvxoxo

    sweet voices...& the beat is sick. just great.

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • 38ddcup

    Its funny in this 5 minute song , the true essence of love is decribed. The act.. before the act of falling in love, the beauty of commitment. The joy two people can find in each other. It's true.. some people come to restore. This song embodies all of that.

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • savoy

    Love them.

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • batomusic

    your voices and music are inspiring.....great stuff lovin it...!

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • JNellz

    I hate spamming, but And the Once and Future is great.

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • thistransition

    i LOVE the once and future, and i had the album for a while until i heard Tortoise & The Hare.. such a disappointment! tortoise is awful but once and future is so good! but yeah this band is really chill

    14 May 2008 Reply
  • elektrojazz3000

    The sleepers are always the best.........

    11 May 2008 Reply
  • SilverSurferz

    leur 2 albums sont des bombes atomiques,ces chanteuses sont incroyable!!!

    14 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Kosa12

    Dope Stuff, they are soooooo overlooked

    24 Oct 2006 Reply

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