the concept, adventurous the music. Hidden Beach Recordings presents
this year Unwrapped Volume 7 - Back 2 Basics featuring
acclaimed producer and songwriter J.R. Hutson! He worked in the past
with Zhane, Wayman Tisdale and Boyz II Men. Hutson’s production
company is called Lifeline Entertainment. Hutson explains: "I really
feel like there are a few musicians who have been able to tap into the
lifeline, like they’ve been able to zone out and give us music that no
one else has been able to give us.”
Hudson is no unknown for Hidden Beach Recordings. The son of an R&B
legend father and opera singer mother collaborated with Jill Scott on
her album The Real Thing (2007). This album is so popular, that
it received amazing 277(!) reviews at Amazon.com. Jill described her
work with J.R as like a disease. Hearing his music was very infectious
and made the recording absolutely comfortable.
J.R. had also the opportunity to work with Mike Phillips. He produced and recorded on his album Uncommon
Denominator (2005) the title and several other songs. And I
tell you no secret, that he works again with Mike on his upcoming
album MP3. Hutson also produced the bulk of the fourth
installment of the label’s highly successful Hidden Beach Presents:
Unwrapped series, spinning out alternative instrumental versions of
hip-hop classics like 21 Questions and Lean Back. If you
want to know more about this producer, read this
interview or visit his
The album isn't yet pressed, so here some more advanced information.
Executive producer of the album is beside J.R. Hutson the owner of
Hidden Beach Recordings Steve McKeever, who also wrote the liner
notes. Co-executive producers are Mike Phillips and A&R Charles
They Reminisce Over You is a song by Pete Rock and CL Smooth,
inspired by the death of their close friend Troy Dixon (1967 - 1990),
better known as "Trouble" T. Roy of Heavy D & the Boyz in 1990. J.R. Hutson
and Mike Phillips bring the song to a new summit. Superb the supreme
trumpet, guitar and bass solos.
De La Soul's Stakes Is High
(1996) is enchanted by Jeff Bradshaw's immaculate trombone. This is
voluminous and powerful. Magnificent from Rick Ross's third
album Deeper Than Rap (2009) is interpreted by Mike Phillips in
a mellow and appealing way.
If I Ruled The World is a 1996
hit hip hop single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees. Imagine
smoking weed in the streets without cops harassing! Replace the rap
with a slap and the song is growing on you and when Mike Philips sets
in to the lovely vocals and the yelling guitar, then you know, Hidden
Beach Recordings did it again.
Mrs. Officer from Lil Wayne's
album Tha Carter III features Bobby Valentino and Kidd Kidd.
Hutson cuts off the vocals and presents a rendition with flute and
bass on the lead. Just divine! One More Drink from Ludacris'
album Theater of the Mind (2008) samples Michael Jackson's
Heaven Can Wait.
With trumpet, sax and vocoder all is going better. Thanks to Farnell
Newton for the great job on trumpet.
Believe It (2008) finds a new home in contemporary jazz.
Unbelievable but true. C.R.E.A.M. is a track from Wu-Tang
Clan's highly praised debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (1993).
Magnificent the Hammond B3 on the cover. On the original
U.N.I.T.Y. Queen Latifah encourages black women to respect themselves
and not accept the abuse from men who try to put them down. The
rendition cultivates more the attractive melody.
Kanye West's Flashing Lights
from his album Graduation (2007) features Detroit R&B singer
Dwele. When it comes to jazzy R&B, then listen to the fantastic cover
version. Final song is Stakes Is High (Lee Hogan's Revenge)
this time with a great trumpet solo.
My respect for J.R. Hutson and the
complete team of Hidden Beach Recordings. With great feeling for good
melodies these miners found again the best nuggets of Hip Hop
and made them to instrumental gold.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Unwrapped Vol. 7
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
01 They Reminisce Over You [4:42]
02 Stakes Is High [5:12]
03 Magnificent [4:33]
04 If I Ruled The World [3:54]
05 Mrs. Officer [5:10]
06 One More Drink [4:04]
07 Can't Believe It [4:11]
08 C.R.E.A.M. [3:30]
09 U.N.I.T.Y. [4:43]
10 Flashing Lights (Bonus Track) [5:36]
11 Stakes Is High (Lee Hogan's Revenge) [3:39]
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