Performer: Raphael Saadiq
Artist: D'Angelo; Angie Stone; Calvin Richardson; T-Boz
Engineer: Clinton Roth; Michelle Lynn Forbes; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Glenn Standridge; Mark "Exit" Goodchild; Daniel Romero; Leslie Brathwaite...
Producer: Jake & the Phatman; Timothy Christian Riley; Raphael Saadiq; Kelvin Wooten...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel includes: Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar, bass); D'Angelo, Angie Stone, Calvin Richardson, T-Boz. INSTANT VINTAGE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album. "Be Here" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Personnel: Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar); Kelvin Wooten (vocals, guitar, tuba, piano, organ, keyboards, drums, percussion); Leslie Wilson (vocals); Charles Veal (violin, strings); The South Central Chamber Orchestra (strings); Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); Greg Adams, Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Nick Lane (trombone); Marvin "Chanz" Parkman (keyboards); Jake & the Phatman (drums, percussion, scratches); Battlecat (drums); Randall Wiggins, Traci Nelson (background vocals). Audio Mixers: Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Glenn Standridge; Daniel Romero; Tony Maserati . Recording information: Blakeslee Recording Company, North Hollywood, CA; Cello Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Darp Studios, Atlanta, GA; Enterprise Recording Studio, Burbank, CA; Larabee Sound Studio East, Los Angeles, CA; Larrabee West Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Musty Attic Studio, Huntsville, AL; O'Henry Sound Studio, Burbank, CA; Tek Lab, Cincinnati, OH; The House Of Blues Recording Studio, Encino, CA; The Mint Recording Studio, Oakland, CA; The Pookie Lab, Sacramento, CA; The Record Plant Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Track Record Studio, North Hollywood, CA. Unknown Contributor Role: DJ Hi-Tek. Though Raphael Saadiq kicked around for much of the '90s, working as bassist, guitarist, and producer for everyone from D'Angelo to the Bee Gees and contributing his own cuts to the soundtracks of such films as RIDE, BABY BOY, and HIGHER LEARNING, 2002's INSTANT VINTAGE is--incredibly enough--his first full-length solo album. The title of the album--and the involvement of such luminaries as Angie Stone and the aforementioned D'Angelo--should be a clue as to the sound here. While Saadiq fully avails himself of cutting-edge production and technology, he's more interested in Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye than in R. Kelly. While he doesn't wave his history-conscious tendencies like a flag, there's more melodicism and good old-fashioned soul to these tunes than you'll find of many contemporaneous R&B recordings.
Spin (6/02, pp.104-5) - 7 out of 10 - "...A light, lithe neo-soul record....Saadiq sings about sex like it's - get this - fun. As singer and trackmaster, Saadiq is a creature of nuance..." Entertainment Weekly (6/21/02, p.84) - "...Saadiq stretches R&B grooves like taffy. He works much of the same territory as pal D'Angelo...but Saadiq calls the mix 'gospeldelic'..." - Rating: B
Raphael Saadiq started out as a member of 1980s/'90s New Jack Swing R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, going by his birth surname of Wiggins, and working alongside his cousin and brother. Going solo under the name Saadiq, he had his biggest hit before leaving the group, with the 1995 single "Ask of You." He didn't release his first proper solo album until 2002, though, as he was kept busy by his status as an in-demand producer for D'Angelo, Kelis, The Roots, Mos Def, and countless others.
Also Appears On:
Aaliyah Babyface Badu, Erykah Blige, Mary J. Chesnutt, Cody D'Angelo Donnie Floetry Hamilton, Anthony James, Leela Kelis Legend, John McComb, Frank McKnight, Brian Medina, Rich Moses, Teedra Musiq (Soulchild) Platinum Pied Pipers Sa-Ra Speech Stone, Joss Sweat, Keith TLC Wright, Jaguar
Franklin, Aretha Gaye, Marvin Green, Al (Vocals) Khan, Chaka Mayfield, Curtis Prince Wonder, Stevie
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