His first solo album, Instant Vintage, pretty much sums up every record his golden finger has touched. He's written and produced for artists from D'Angelo, with whom he wrote the stripped-down "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," to Tha Boogie, for whom he produced a funked-up debut EP. We asked Saadiq about his favorite collaborations.
"I'm winning," he said. "Mary J. Blige, Marcus Miller, Joss Stone, Teedra Moses, Mick Jagger. Mick Jagger's team called, wanting me to play with him for the Grammys, and it just so happened the name of my new album is Stone Rollin'. Actually, the first single off the album is called 'Stone Rollin'.' I was throwing it away, and a friend walked into the studio and asked me, 'Are you crazy?' Next thing you know, it became the title track."
Now he's working with Quadron, which is opening for Saadiq's Stone Rollin' Tour.
"He blogged that we were one of the artists he was listening to while making his new record," Robin Hannibal of the Danish duo says, a little dazed. Makes sense -- their hazy, heartstring-scraping soul sound is just the brand of new that Raphael Saadiq turns classic.
WHAT: Raphael Saadiq, with Quadron
WHEN: Tonight, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. All ages.
There's always time to revisit D'Angelo's video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," isn't there? Watch: