Q: Soul Bossa Nostra

Q: Soul Bossa Nostra

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by Quincy Jones

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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 mostSee more details below


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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Interscope Records

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  1. Ironside  - Talib Kweli
  2. Strawberry Letter 23  -  Akon
  3. Soul Bossa Nostra  - Rudy Currence
  4. Give Me the Night  - Jamie Foxx
  5. Tomorrow  - John Legend
  6. You Put a Move on My Heart  - Jennifer Hudson
  7. Get the Funk Out of My Face  - Snoop Dogg
  8. Secret Garden  - Tyrese Gibson
  9. Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me  -  Q-Tip
  10. Everything Must Change  - BeBe Winans
  11. Many Rains Ago  - Wyclef Jean
  12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)  -  T-Pain
  13. It's My Party  - Amy Winehouse
  14. Hikky-Burr  - David Banner
  15. Sanford and Son  - Prince Charlez

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quincy Jones   Primary Artist
Alfredo Rodriguez   Piano,Soloist
Jamie Foxx   Background Vocals
Jacqueline Brand   Strings
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Katia Popov   Strings
Mervyn Warren   Percussion,Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Ewart   Strings
Natalie Leggett   Strings
Marlon Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Victor Axelrod   Piano
Cochemea Gastelum   Tenor Saxophone
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
David Banner   Rap
Kendra Ross   Background Vocals
Kamasi Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Vanessa Marquez   Background Vocals
Chelsea Di Blasi   Children's Chorus
Dontae Winslow   Trumpet
Nick Movshon   Bass
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Andrew Greene   Trumpet
Alex Teamer   Keyboards
Ade Omotayo   Background Vocals
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar,Vibes
Don Williams   Conga,Vibes
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Keyboards
Latonya Givens   Background Vocals
Justin Keitt   fender rhodes
Mario de León   Strings
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Ryan Porter   Trombone
Tyler Coomes   Percussion
Alana Linsey   Children's Chorus
Zalon Thompson   Background Vocals
Terrace Martin   Drums,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Erick "Ed" Coomes   Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Evyn Johnson   Children's Chorus
Elsie Moon   Children's Chorus
Cody Lee   Children's Chorus
Tori Diblasi   Children's Chorus
Tavis Ivey   Background Vocals
Sierra Watson   Children's Chorus
Sebastian Guerrero   Children's Chorus
Prince Charlez   Background Vocals
Jasmine Watkins   Children's Chorus
Billy Wes   Vocals
Brody Lee   Children's Chorus
Asia Bryant   Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Composer
Siedah Garrett   Composer
James Ingram   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Shuggie Otis   Composer
Maxi Anderson   Arranger,Director
Stephanie Andrews   Composer
Ray Brown   Producer
DeBarge   Composer
Kevin Deane   Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Wally Gold   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Benard Ighner   Composer
George Johnson   Composer
Louis Johnson   Composer
LROC   Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Q-Tip   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer
Arnold Robinson   Publicity
Darren Rust   Engineer
Caiphus Semenya   Composer
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer
Rod Temperton   Arranger,Composer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer
Eric Dawkins   Vocal Producer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
DJ Paul   Producer
Harvey Mason   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Blair Wells   Engineer
Herbert Weiner   Composer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Juicy J   Producer
Warryn Campbell   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Naturally 7   Arranger
Ludacris   Composer
David Banner   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jon Moon   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Vaughan Merrick   Engineer
Shaun Lee   Management
Mark Ronson   Producer,Engineer
Alexis Seton   Engineer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Mike Ault   Engineer
Ianthe Zevos   Creation
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Josh Monroy   Producer
Rudy Currence   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Arranger,Producer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Mike Foster   Engineer
Kendra Ellis   Marketing
Dennis Dennehy   Publicity
T-Pain   Producer
Nate Giorgio   Logo
Seymour Gottlieb   Composer
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer
Alex Teamer   drum programming
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Thomas Brenneck   Engineer
Aaron Dahl   Engineer
Russell Emanuel   Concept
RedOne   Producer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Wild Animals   Producer
Johnny Severin   Engineer
Charlie Paakkari   Engineer
Dolph Taylor   Concept
Adam Fell   Executive Producer
Brian Herman   Engineer
Roger Thomas   Producer
Andrew Lefkowits   Pro-Tools
LT Moe   Engineer
Jarrett Johnson   Composer
Wayne "The Brain" Allison   Engineer
John Gluck   Composer
Terrace Martin   Producer
Simuel Stevenson   Producer
Debborah Foreman   Management
Roger Hubbard   Logo
Dave Class   Engineer
Dabling Harwood   Engineer
Lindsey Farwell   Marketing Coordinator

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