Essence Music Festival, Vol. 4: The Collection

Essence Music Festival, Vol. 4: The Collection

     
 

Since this collection of live performances from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is presented by the Music World label and executive produced by company head Mathew Knowles, it's no surprise that it features Knowles' daughters, the superstar Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") and the developing artist SolangeSee more details below

Overview

Since this collection of live performances from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is presented by the Music World label and executive produced by company head Mathew Knowles, it's no surprise that it features Knowles' daughters, the superstar Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") and the developing artist Solange ("T.O.N.Y."). Those singers represent contemporary R&B and hip-hop, but the featured performers also include some vintage names from R&B's past dating back a couple of decades, and the mixture of current and veteran artists suggests a continuity in the music's history. Thus, a current rapper like Kanye West ("Good Life") is followed by an old-school one like LL Cool J ("Doin' It"), and the stars also include Tina Marie (who declares, "Let's go back to 1984!" to introduce "Lovergirl") and Janet Jackson ("Love Will Never Do [Without You]"). It's appropriate that the closer is Mary J. Blige ("Be Without You"), who may be a current artist, but also possesses a soulful voice and traditional approach that could come from almost any point in the history of R&B. The performances sometimes fade out rather than climax, and the sound quality can be rudimentary at times, but the album presents a good cross-section of a broad swath of R&B music featuring some of its most prominent practitioners.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Music World
UPC:
0879645002812
catalogNumber:
5281

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

James Ingram   Composer
Grace Jones   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Frankie Beverly   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Rashad Smith   Composer
Carl Thompson   Composer
Clarence Allen   Composer
David Lee Stewart   Composer
Aldrin Davis   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
will.i.am   Composer
Mathew Knowles   Executive Producer
Kanye West   Composer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Calvin Richardson   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer
James Todd Smith   Composer
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer
John Stephens   Composer
Jack Splash   Composer
T-Pain   Composer
Bobby Ozuna   Composer
Caleb Speir   Composer
Kyonte Vincent   Composer
Jerry Callender   Composer
Kweli Washington   Composer
T. Callaway   Composer
Estelle Swaray   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Thaddis Harrell   Composer
Keith Harris   Composer
Gregg John Pagani   Composer
Kenneth Ray Copeland   Composer
Michelle Ebanks   Executive Producer
Marvin Eugene Smith   Composer
Jerry Williams   Art Direction
Joshua Lopez   Composer
Christopher Stewart   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
LeShaun Toureau   Composer
Isaac Wright   Composer
Christine Brockert   Composer
Chrisette Michele Payne   Composer
Chester Jermain Jennings   Composer
Charlotte Sandford   Producer
Jason Lamont Perry   Composer
Dawn M. Baskerville   Executive Editing
Micahel Dean   Composer
Kevin Lamont Randolph   Composer

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