Legendary producer Quincy Jones is gearing up to release "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra" featuring some of today's top pop, R&B and hip-hop performers and producers.
The CD will contain contemporary versions of Jones' recordings from previous albums such as the classic LP, "Back on the Block" and more. Contributors to Quincy's new project will include Jamie Foxx, Ludacris, Q-Tip, LL Cool J, Talib Kweli, David Banner, Jermaine Dupri, John Legend, Bebe Winans, Mervyn Warren and many more.
The first single from the opus, which was released March 24, is the Akon- assisted "Strawberry Letter 23." "Quincy Jones is a musical legend and an incredible mentor," Akon said of the project. "Just being around him and watching him work over the years has taught me how to develop as an artist and grow as a producer. When Quincy called and told me about this album, I said you have to let me do "Strawberry Letter 23" and the funny thing is that's the song he was thinking about already. We brought a new modern feel to this classic and I think everyone's going to really enjoy it."
"Q: Soul Bossa Nostra" is set for a May/June 2010 release.