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Audio Only: Raphael Saadiq's Tiny Desk Concert

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Raphael Saadiq: Tiny Desk Concert

Raphael Saadiq: Tiny Desk Concert

Audio Only: Raphael Saadiq's Tiny Desk Concert

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"Love That Girl"

"100 Yard Dash"

"Sure Hope You Mean It"

I'm not sure how I expected Raphael Saadiq to translate his old-school soul and R&B to the acoustic confines of the Tiny Desk, but I know I hadn't imagined two acoustic guitars.

In the late '80s and '90s, under the name Raphael Wiggins, Saadiq played bass in the multi-platinum band Tony! Toni! Tone! More recently, he reinvented himself as a successful producer and released last year's Grammy-nominated solo album The Way I See It, which features collaborations with Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z.

For his Tiny Desk Concert, Saadiq brought a remarkable accompanist in guitarist Rob Bacon. The two had just gotten off a plane, but in their impeccably tailored suits and their grand smiles, they looked fresh and played an inspired acoustic performance. As you watch, keep an eye on Saadiq's guitar work: You'll see how his years as a bassist influences many of his licks on his Taylor acoustic. You're in for a real treat.

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Album
Way I See It
Artist
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Label
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Released
2008

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