FlashBack: Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1

Hip-hop has been mistaken for many things and it is unlikely that hip-hop, even in its most commercial forms, has ever been mistaken for “smooooove” jazz. Obviously no one has ever explained this to Steve Mckeever and the Hidden Beach label which assembled an all-star collection of session musicians, including guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., Patrice “baby fingers” Rushen, and saxophonist Everette Harp, for a collection of “smooove” jazz renditions of some recent hip-hop head-nodders. Almost a decade after a wide-range of hip-hop and jazz artists including Guru, Branford Marsalis, Digable Planets, and Greg Osby worked real hard to perfect the jazz-hip-hop hybrid that so many felt was so natural, Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped Vol. 1 quietly returns to that terrain.   READ MORE...

by Mark Anthony Neal

8 October 2001

Experiences: UNWRAPPED™ LIVE! ORLANDO

To say that Hidden Beach Recording’s first official event to solidify the 15th Anniversary of its existence and the transitioning in to what we now know as Hidden Beach Experiences was a success would be an understatement. Yet UNWRAPPED™ LIVE! ORLANDO, the 1st of many experiences to come was just that. With the 1st show being sold out to a capacity crowd of 4,000 in less then 3 days from the opening of the RSVP, a second show had to be added to accommodate the high demand to witness the live show of one of Hidden Beach’s most popular musical productions, the UNWRAPPED™ collection, Vol.1 – 7 which has sold over a million units combined since its inception in 2001. The All-Star ensemble consisted of players and vocalists performing contemporary jazz and new arrangements of hip-hop hits, melding in the sounds and styles of R&B, Latin and soul was lead by Hidden Beach artist and saxophone virtuoso Mike Phillips, Grammy®-nominated percussionist and vocalist Sheila E, acclaimed violinist Karen Briggs, Grammy® award-winning producer and bass player Andrew Gouché, Grammy® award-winning drummer Brian Collier, and Butterscotch, the retro-futuristic, voice percussionist virtuosa. The show also included a special guest performance from the group Far Young.

 

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