Renowned for blending musical genres as he did with his 1989 multi-Grammy winning "Album of the Year" Back on the Block and 1995's platinum Q's Jook Joint, Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nostra will feature an assortment of artists and producers from the Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop worlds such as Usher, Ludacris, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, Bebe Winans, Mervyn Warren, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Paul, and Scott Storch, among others who wanted to pay tribute to these works by Jones.
tracks: 1.Ironside (Feat. Talib Kweli) 2. Strawberry Letter 23 (Feat. Akon) 3. Soul Bossa Nostra (Feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7 And Rudy Currence) 4. Give Me The Night (Feat. Jamie Foxx) 5. Tomorrow (Feat. John Legend) 6. You Put A Move On My Heart (Feat. Jennifer Hudson) 7. Get The Funk Out Of My Face (Feat. Snoop Dogg) 8. Secret Garden (Feat. Usher, Robin Thicke, Tyrese Gibson, LL Cool J, Tevin Campbell And Barry White) 9. Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me (Feat. Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip And Alfredo Rodriguez) 10. Everything Must Change (Feat. Bebe Winans) 11. Many Rains Ago (Oluwa) (Feat. Wyclef Jean) 12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Feat. T-Pain And Robin Thicke) 13. It's My Party (Feat. Amy Winehouse) 14. Hikky-Burr (Feat. Three 6 Mafia And David Banner) 15. Sanford And Son (Feat. T.I., B.o.B., Prince Charlez And Mohombi)
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (1971); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (1971); Dunham Studios (1971); Fever Recording Studios, Noho, CA (1971); Germano Studios, NY (1971); Henson Recording, Los Angeles, CA (1971); Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL (1971); Hypnotize Minds Studios (1971); Leapyear Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1971); Mason Sound, North Hollywood, CA (1971); Morrissound Recording Studios, Tampa, FL (1971); N-Da Basement, Atlanta, GA (1971); Platinum Sound Recording Studio, New York, NY (1971); Plush Recording Studio, Orlando, FL (1971); Record Plant Studios (1971); Sensible Studios (1971); Skyland Studios, MN (1971); SMT Studios, New York, NY (1971); Solitaire Studios, Atlanta, GA (1971); SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA (1971); Studio 216 (1971); the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA (1971).
Creator: Ianthe Zevos.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Other than a handful of one-offs, producer, composer, and arranger Quincy Jones has been busy outside of the music world, acting as a film producer and a cultural ambassador. Q: Soul Bossa Nostra is his first proper "new" album in 15 years, though it revisits tracks he either composed, recorded, or produced previously with a host of the current era's most popular artists from the R&B, pop, and hip hop worlds. Given his rep, the star power here is not surprising. They re-record classic songs with new singers, or in some cases, add vocals to tracks that never had them at all. The lead-off single is a remake of Shuggie Otis' classic "Strawberry Letter 23," which Jones produced for the Brothers Johnson in 1977. The vocal and production by Akon employ shimmering, slippery hip-hop rhythms, Auto-Tune, and layers of programmed keyboards and backing vocals. The oft-sampled hit "Soul Bossa Nova" appears here as a collaboration between Naturally 7 and Ludacris (who has sampled it himself). Q composed "Ironside" for the '70s television series; he uses the original orchestral and vocal tracks with a rap by Talib Kweli on top. "Tomorrow," with John Legend, was cut by Q and Tevin Campbell in 1990. Campbell is here on a remake of "Secret Garden"; he and Barry White appeared on the signature cut. This version keeps White's vocal, and adds Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, Usher, and Tyrese. "Get the Funk Out of My Face," with Snoop Dogg, retains the Brothers Johnson feel. "P.Y.T." is remade here by T-Pain and Thicke. Bebe Winans' reading of "Everything Must Change, is easily the classiest thing here; it stands out as utterly beautiful. Soul Boss Nostra feels more like a tribute exercise than an album, assembled more for radio play and to attract the holiday and single-track download markets. ~ Thom Jurek
Talib Kweli; Akon; Ludacris; Naturally 7; Rudy Currence; Jamie Foxx; John Legend; Jennifer Hudson; Snoop Dogg; LL Cool J; Robin Thicke; Tevin Campbell; Tyrese Gibson; Usher; Barry White; Alfredo Rodriguez; Mary J. Blige; Q-Tip; BeBe Winans; Wyclef Jean; T-Pain; Amy Winehouse; David Banner; Three 6 Mafia; B.O.B.; Mohombi; Prince Charlez; T.I.
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