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J Dilla revisited…

In posse on 2008/02/06 at 5:20 am


Last year, L.A. based producer and and all around great guy Carlos Nino recorded the most heart felt J Dilla tribute in a sweeping orchestral instrumental version of Common’s Nag Champa. With February already upon us, the second anniversary of Jay Dee’s death falling on the 10th and his birthday on the 7th, the Dilla nights, dedications and tributes are already rolling in. We already had our I HEART JAY DEE night here in Montreal last Monday night, and there was another one this past weekend. But for the serious James Dewitt Yancey fan, nobody pays homage quite like Carlos Nino and his people. Check out this take on the Dilla produced Find A Way by A Tribe Called Quest, produced by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and co-produced by Carlos Nino and Benjamin Tierney, and tell me the genius of Jay Dee didn’t inspire this.


Find A Way

Written by (K. Fareed, M. Taylor, A. Shaheed Muhammad,
B. Gilberto, T. Tei, J.Yancey)
Produced by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Co-Produced by Carlos Nino and Benjamin Tierney

Wind, Brass, String and Rhythm Section
Arrangements by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Flute and Alto Flute – Katisse Buckingham
Oboe and English Horn – Myka Miller
Bassoon – Tara Speiser
French Horn – Danielle Ondarza
Trombone – Garrett Smith
Harp – Rebekah Raff
Violin and Viola – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Keyboards – Brandon Coleman
Electric Bass – Edwin Livingston
Percussion – Nikki Campbell
Drums – Gene Coye
Vocals – Meg Todo, Reiko Nakano and Tomoko Suzuki

Recorded by Benjamin Tierney
at Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, California
Mixed by Benjamin Tierney with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
at Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, California
Executive Producers: Carlos Nino and Andrew Lojero

  1. holly molly!! what a sound these guys bring with this makeover of one of my, if not my fave TRIBE record.
    Thanks for being a source of great music Scott.

  2. This is beautiful.
    The vocals that came in towards the end were perfect.
    I always love to here new exceptional interpretations of timeless hip hop tracks.

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