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Album · 1971

Tracklist

A1 Smackwater Jack 3:23
A2 Cast Your Fate To The Wind 4:25
A3 Ironside (Theme From "Ironside"; NBC-TV) 3:53
A4 What's Going On? 9:52
B1 Theme From "The Anderson Tapes" 5:16
B2 Brown Ballad 4:18
B3 Hikky-Burr (Theme From "The Bill Cosby Show"; NBC-TV) 5:03
B4 Guitar Blues Odyssey: From Roots To Fruits 6:38

Total Time: 42:42

Line-up/Musicians

Conductor – Quincy Jones
Double Bass [String Bass] – Bob Cranshaw, Ray Brown
Drums – Grady Tate, Paul Humphries
Electric Bass [Fender] – Carol Kaye, Chuck Rainey
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Bob James, Jaki Byard, Joe Sample
Flute – Hubert Laws
Guitar – Arthur Adams, Eric Gayle , Freddie Robinson, Jim Hall, Joe Beck, Toots Thielemans
Harmonica, Whistling [Whistle] – Toots Thielemans
Harpsichord [Electric] – Dick Hyman
Organ – Jimmy Smith
Percussion – George Devens, Larry Bunker
Piano – Bobby Scott, Dick Hyman
Piano [Tack] – Monty Alexander
Soprano Saxophone – Jerome Richardson
Synthesizer [Moog] – Paul Beaver
Tenor Saxophone – Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Peter Christlieb
Trombone [Bass] – Alan Raph, Dick Hixon , Tony Studd
Trombone [Tenor] – Garnett Brown, Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Buddy Childers, Ernest Royal , Eugene Young, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Newman, Marvin Stamm
Vibraphone – Milt Jackson
Violin – Harry Lookofsky
Woodwind [Woods] – Jerome Richardson

About this release

A&M Records ‎– SP-3037 (US)

Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City

Thanks to kazuhiro, JS, snobb, js for the updates

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In the late 50s Quincy Jones was a big hit as one of the new leaders in jazz big band, as well as a very influential orchestral arranger in any style of music. The 60s saw Quincy move more into soundtrack work. As the early 70s rolled up, Jones was still scoring soundtracks, but he also began to release his own albums again, but they were no longer purely big band affairs anymore. Jones is a one hundred percent jazz musician for sure, but he also excels at ambitious art pop and RnB. On “Smackwater Jack”, Quincy rolled all those influences together and produced an album with a mix of 70s and 60s sensibilities. Seventies because of the multi-sectioned art pop arrangements that mirror the progressive rock and RnB of that era and the very modern funk and RnB beats that drive the solo sections. The album mirrors the 60s in its glitzy big band arrangements and Quincy’s ongoing sense of 60s suburban kitsch hipness of the Johnny Carson/Playboy/Vegas/ era.

“Smackwater Jack” is basically a big band album disguised as a pop album. This formula will work well for Jones a few years later when he starts doing the same thing for Michael Jackson. The big band on “Jack” is all-star affair, some of the soloists include, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Toots Thielman, Jim Hall and Eric Gayle. You can expect plenty of top notch and inspired solos on all these tracks. Unfortunately Quincy sings on two songs, and he’s not a great singer. Also, the theme from the first Bill Cosby show features Bill himself with some ‘amusing’ vocalizing that probably seemed funnier in the past. Other songs on the album also center around TV themes, plus there are few covers of pop and RnB hits too. One album highlight is the lengthy arrangement of “Whats Going On” that features Valerie Simpson on vocals. Because of its unique combination of rough street smart rhythms and glitzy big band pop kitsch, “Smackwater Jack” rates high with crate diggers and exotica collectors, but it also contains plenty of high quality energetic big band RnB/jazz.

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