Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool

Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool is a compilation album in the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series with performers from jazz, pop, rock, and rap.[1] "Stolen Moments" is a jazz standard composed by Oliver Nelson, and is best known for its inclusion on the 1961 album The Blues and the Abstract Truth.[2]

Red Hot + Cool
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Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 25, 1994
GenreJazz, R&B, hip-hop, jazz rap
Donald Byrd
Pigale Boom Bass
Jimmy Jay
Joe Nicolo
Michael Franti
David Gamson
Lester Bowie
Wah Wah Watson
A.G. Gillis
United Future
Ayumi Obinata
LA Jay
The Pharcyde
The Grand Negaz
Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick
DJ Smash
Geoff Wilkinson
Mel Simpson
Gary Katz
Chris Champion
Eric Sadler
Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series
(Various Artists) chronology
Red Hot + Country
Red Hot + Cool
Red Hot + Bothered


This album was one of the first to examine the impact of AIDS in the African American community. The release included liner notes by Professor Cornell West.[1] An accompanying documentary film was broadcast on PBS.[3][4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]

Time magazine named it Album of the Year in 1994, calling it "a landmark album that brilliantly harnesses the fire of rap and the cool of jazz, transcending genres and generations."[6] Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly awarded the album an "A", describing it as "a flawless, head-bobbing collection,"[5] while the Los Angeles Times's Bill Kohlhaase wrote: "for jazz fans looking for something new, it's a fine introduction to the rhythms of the street."[7] Writing for AllMusic, Joshua David Shanker called the recording "undoubtedly the most successful incarnation of the Red Hot albums... an abridged lexicon of the evolutions in black music during the post-bop era... a history piece."[1] Chris M. Slawecki of All About Jazz described it as "a multihued explosion of genres, an oft mind-blowing marriage of nearly thirty of the hardest-blowin' and sheer funkiest artists from the parallel spheres of jazz and hip-hop."[8]

Track listingEdit

Disc oneEdit

  1. "Time Is Moving On" – Donald Byrd, Guru, Ronny Jordan – 2:58
  2. "Un Ange En Danger" – Ron Carter, MC Solaar – 3:49
  3. "Positive" – Michael Franti, Spearhead – 4:29
  4. "Nocturnal Sunshine" – Herbie Hancock, Meshell Ndegeocello – 6:04
  5. "Flyin' High in the Brooklyn Sky" – Lester Bowie, Digable Planets, Wah Wah Watson – 6:33
  6. "Stolen Moments" – United Future Organization – 5:23
  7. "The Rubbers Song" – The Pharcyde – 4:08
  8. "Proceed II" – Roy Ayers, The Roots – 5:52
  9. "Trouble Don't Last Always" – Carleen Anderson, Incognito, Ramsey Lewis – 6:38
  10. "Rent Strike 9" – Groove Collective, Bernie Worrell – 5:27
  11. "The Scream" – Joshua Redman, Tony Rémy, Us3 – 6:01
  12. "This Is Madness" – Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole, Pharoah Sanders – 6:01
  13. "Apprehension" – Don Cherry, The Watts Prophets – 4:39

Disc twoEdit

  1. "A Love Supreme" – Branford Marsalis – 18:08
  2. "A Love Supreme" – Alice Coltrane – 7:02
  3. "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – Pharoah Sanders – 5:02

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-05-26
  2. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. p. 402.
  3. ^ Sanusi, Abdulquadri. "Respect the Rhyme: 10 Essential Hip-Hop Documentaries". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 2023-02-03.
  4. ^ Lucas, Peter (2020-10-03). "On Video: Stolen Moments / Sixties Jazz TV". GlassTire. Retrieved February 3, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Jones, Anderson (1994-11-04). "Music Review: 'Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool'". Retrieved 2023-02-03.
  6. ^ "The Best Music of 1994". Time. 1994-12-26. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2023-02-03.
  7. ^ Kohlhaase, Bill (1994-12-16). "Album Review: Various Artists, "Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-02-03.
  8. ^ Slawecki, Chris M. (1997-08-01). "Various Artists: Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2023-02-03.