Besides Maddox and saxophonist- flutist Jack Walker, the group is aided by a revolving cast of musicians, including jazz drummer and Herbie Hancock collaborator Hamid Drake who'll be touring with them in support of their latest disc, The Life We Chose. "I think jazz has had an influence on everyone living, period -- let alone hip-hop artists," says Maddox, discussing the album's unique blend of the two styles. Then again, Maddox doesn't care about swaying the naysayers. "We don't set out to rescue hip-hop. We just want to touch people."
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