From left: John Legend, Kanye West and engineer Craig Bauer
Following his opening performance at the Chicago Theatre for Alicia Keys’ Diary tour, Mr. “Ordinary People” — solo sensation John Legend — dropped by Hinge Studios (Chicago) to add his vocal prowess to a track on hitmaker Kanye West’s forthcoming CD, Late Registration, due out this summer. (Coincidentally, West, a Hinge regular, produced Legend’s Columbia debut, Get Lifted.) Studio owner Craig Bauer manned the Euphonix CS2000 console and Pro Tools|HD3 rig. Other recent Hinge visitors include Bump J. (Atlantic), saxophonist Steve Cole (Narada) and gospel artist/producer Donald Lawrence.