Posts Tagged ‘ Hip Hop ’

Ken Ford – Right Now

Ken Ford received training from various members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He moved on to join the African American Philharmonic Orchestra where he was soon promoted to Concert Master. While with the AAPO, Ken was chosen to perform with the late Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra.

Added to Ken Ford’s impressive list of significant accomplishments is the successful debut of Ford’s chart-topping debut CD, Burnt Toast. The sweet, soulful and funky sounds spread on Ford’s Burnt Toast clearly capture his undying passion for playing the electric jazz violin. Furthermore, his ability to incorporate his smooth and sensual moves, which are often displayed during his live performances emanates from every track on his debut CD. Prior to Ford’s release of Burnt Toast he continued to develop a very strong and loyal following who awaited the release of his debut CD. Nevertheless, Ford’s desire to keep the Toast in the oven a little longer than most had hoped was the best decision he could have made. As a result, the final product was served to mere perfection and ready to satisfy the musical appetite of those hungering for a taste of Burnt Toast.

On the heels of Ford’s incredibly successful release of Burnt Toast came the opportunity for Ford to share the stage with Hidden Beach recording artist and saxophonist Mike Phillips as his special guest performer during the opening of Jill Scott’s Words & Sounds 2001 Summer Concert at Atlanta’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Ken Ford’s desire to consistently produce and deliver quality music to the masses remains apparent. In August 2003 Ford released his sophomore CD entitled Chevelle Lane. This work of musical art captures the essence of Ken Ford’s musical genius as an accomplished Electronic Jazz Violinist. This CD was truly a labor of love for Ford as he poured his mind, body and soul into Chevelle Lane. He not only proudly claims performing artist credits on his latest CD, but he also displays his talent as an executive producer.

Despite Ford’s undeniable success, he remains “TRUE” to himself and understands that his talent is a mere blessing and because of that he continues to be thankful and knows there is still room to grow in his craft as Ken Ford, Electric Jazz Violinist.

Infected by the Hidden Beach Recordings’ style Ken Ford makes the impossible possible. Electrifying, exciting and live energy all bundled into one CD! Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B Violin with a touch of Class!! Not your traditional violinist by all means! A Must Listen!

Check it out at CDBaby.

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Mike Phillips – MP3

Mount Vernon native Mike Phillips is since several years an integral part of the label Hidden Beach Recordings. Phillips’ debut album, You Have Reached Mike Phillips, was released by Hidden Beach in May 2002. In 2005 followed his sophomore album Uncommon Denominator. You can also listen to his signature sax on Hidden Beach’s serial Unwrapped Vol. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.

But Mike is far more creative. He performed on Experience: Jill Scott 826+ (2001), Stevie Wonder’s A Time To Love (2005), or Tom Braxton’s Bounce (2005), to name a few. His newest project is MP3, which is scheduled for release July 27th, 2010. All pre-ordered CDs will be signed by the saxophonist himself as way of saying thank you. So visit Hidden Beach’s online store.

Mike Phillips plays the lead on sax joined by Freddy Colon and Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Joel Whitney and Stanley Cooper (guitar), and Nate Jones (bass). The album is produced by J.R. Hutson, Jamie Hawkins, JaMal, Keith Crouch, Q Coleman and Eric Wesley, who also performed on major parts of the project. Outstanding guest-musicians are Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, Natalie Stewart, Lauren Evans, and Norman Brown.

Mike had the idea for the title of his new album in 2002, when the format MP3 and MP3.com came into full flower. While on stage with Prince and Stevie Wonder, Mike built on his imagination of his third project, a collection of contemporary jazz and R&B.

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Unwrapped Vol. 6 – Give The Drummer Some!

Hidden Beach Recordings has a golden hand in combining jazz with hip hop, rap and R&B. Their Unwrapped series has gained a solid place in the heart of many fans. Unwrapped Volume 6 – Give The Drummer Some! features drummer extraordinaire Tony Royster Jr., who is currently touring with Jay Z and has played with prestigious artists such as P. Diddy, T.I., Jay Holiday, and en Vogue. The album was produced by Tony and Brody Brown.

Tony Royster Jr. performed drums and drum programming, while Brody played keys and bass. Additional musicians are Kay-ta Matsuno (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keys), Dante Jackson (keys & programming), Cat Daddy (bass & bass programming), Johnny Britt (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tracy Carter (keys & programming) and Tommy Organ (guitar).

Unwrapped Vol. 6 covers 10 groundbreaking hits of the hip hop, rap and R&B scene with a smashing new approach. The album already received high acclaims at Amazon after the launch in November 2009. Unlike Vol. 1-4 Unwrapped Volume 6 and its predecessor Volume 5 don’t stretch out to contemporary jazz. Keep in mind that most of the songs have nothing in common with jazz but offer unusual instrumental renditions on a very high level.

Blame It, taken from Jamie Foxx’s third album Intuition (2009), finds a new grandiose installment on this album. The vocal part originally by singer T-Pain is replaced by a gorgeous distortion guitar. The bass is darker and Tony Royster Jr. bursts out with a superior drum beat.

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