QUINCY JONES

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Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American music impresario, musical arranger, record producer, and film composer.

During 50 years in the entertainment industry Jones' work has earned him more than 70 Grammy Award nominations, more than 25 Grammy Awards, and a Grammy Legends Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of two of the top-selling records of all time: the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson, and the charity song “We Are the World”. Also known for work with Frank Sinatra.

In 1968, Jones along with his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans nominated for an Academy Award in the "Best Original Song" category. That same year, he became the first African-American nominated twice in the same year when he was nominated for Best Original Score (for In Cold Blood). Jones is also the first (and so far, only) African-American
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QUINCY JONES This Is How I Feel About Jazz album cover 4.52 | 2 ratings
This Is How I Feel About Jazz
Big Band 1957
QUINCY JONES Go West, Man! album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Go West, Man!
Cool Jazz 1957
QUINCY JONES Quincy's Home Again (aka Quincy Jones With Harry Arnold And His Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy's Home Again (aka Quincy Jones With Harry Arnold And His Orchestra)
Big Band 1958
QUINCY JONES The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones
Big Band 1959
QUINCY JONES The Birth of a Band (aka Fab!) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Birth of a Band (aka Fab!)
Big Band 1959
QUINCY JONES I Dig Dancers album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
I Dig Dancers
Big Band 1960
QUINCY JONES Around The World (aka Travellin' On The Quincy Jones Big Band Wagon aka Passport To The World) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Around The World (aka Travellin' On The Quincy Jones Big Band Wagon aka Passport To The World)
Big Band 1961
QUINCY JONES The Quintessence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quintessence
Big Band 1962
QUINCY JONES Big Band Bossa Nova album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Big Band Bossa Nova
Latin Jazz 1962
QUINCY JONES Plays Hip Hits (aka  A Taste Of Quincy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Hip Hits (aka A Taste Of Quincy)
Big Band 1963
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones Explores the Music of Henry Mancini album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones Explores the Music of Henry Mancini
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1964
QUINCY JONES Golden Boy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Boy
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1964
QUINCY JONES The Pawnbroker (Explosive Motion Picture Score) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Pawnbroker (Explosive Motion Picture Score)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1964
QUINCY JONES Quincy's Got A Brand New Bag album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy's Got A Brand New Bag
Big Band 1965
QUINCY JONES Quincy Plays for Pussycats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Plays for Pussycats
Soul Jazz 1965
QUINCY JONES Mirage (Original Motion Picture Score) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mirage (Original Motion Picture Score)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1965
QUINCY JONES The Slender Thread (Original Motion Picture Score) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Slender Thread (Original Motion Picture Score)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1966
QUINCY JONES Walk, Don't Run - Original Sound Track Recording album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk, Don't Run - Original Sound Track Recording
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1966
QUINCY JONES The Deadly Affair OST album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Deadly Affair OST
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1966
QUINCY JONES In The Heat Of The Night OST album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Heat Of The Night OST
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1967
QUINCY JONES Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Enter Laughing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Enter Laughing
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1967
QUINCY JONES In Cold Blood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Cold Blood
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1967
QUINCY JONES For Love Of Ivy (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Love Of Ivy (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1968
QUINCY JONES The Lost Man (The Original Soundtrack Album) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Man (The Original Soundtrack Album)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones & José Feliciano : Mackenna's Gold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones & José Feliciano : Mackenna's Gold
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES John And Mary Soundtrack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John And Mary Soundtrack
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES The Italian Job album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Italian Job
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES Walking in Space album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Walking in Space
Exotica 1969
QUINCY JONES Cactus Flower (Original Sound Track) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cactus Flower (Original Sound Track)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
QUINCY JONES Gula Matari album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gula Matari
Soul Jazz 1970
QUINCY JONES They Call Me Mister Tibbs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
They Call Me Mister Tibbs
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1970
QUINCY JONES Smackwater Jack album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Smackwater Jack
RnB 1971
QUINCY JONES $ (Dollars) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
$ (Dollars)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
QUINCY JONES The Hot Rock (aka How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hot Rock (aka How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
QUINCY JONES You've Got It Bad Girl album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
You've Got It Bad Girl
Soul Jazz 1973
QUINCY JONES Body Heat album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Body Heat
RnB 1974
QUINCY JONES Yamaha Audio Laboratory For NS-500 Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yamaha Audio Laboratory For NS-500 Vol. 1
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
QUINCY JONES Mode album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mode
RnB 1974
QUINCY JONES Mellow Madness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mellow Madness
RnB 1975
QUINCY JONES I Heard That!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Heard That!!
RnB 1976
QUINCY JONES Moanin' - Quincy Jones Big Band Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moanin' - Quincy Jones Big Band Vol. 2
Big Band 1977
QUINCY JONES Roots: The Saga Of An American Family album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roots: The Saga Of An American Family
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1977
QUINCY JONES The Sidewinder album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sidewinder
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1978
QUINCY JONES Sounds... And Stuff Like That album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds... And Stuff Like That
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1978
QUINCY JONES The Dude album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Dude
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1981
QUINCY JONES Plays Standard Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Standard Hits
Soul Jazz 1981
QUINCY JONES The 0.00 | 0 ratings
The "Q"
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1983
QUINCY JONES The Birth of a Band Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Birth of a Band Volume 2
Big Band 1984
QUINCY JONES The Color Purple (Original Motion Picture Sound Track) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Color Purple (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1986
QUINCY JONES Back on the Block album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Back on the Block
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1989
QUINCY JONES Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1990
QUINCY JONES Q's Jook Joint album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Q's Jook Joint
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1995
QUINCY JONES The Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra : Basie & Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra : Basie & Beyond
Big Band 2000
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby:The Original Jam Sessions 1969 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby:The Original Jam Sessions 1969
Soul Jazz 2004
QUINCY JONES The Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Split
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2009
QUINCY JONES Q: Soul Bossa Nostra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
RnB 2010

QUINCY JONES EPs & splits

QUINCY JONES Stockholm Sweetnin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stockholm Sweetnin'
Big Band 1958
QUINCY JONES I'll Be Good To You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'll Be Good To You
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1990

QUINCY JONES live albums

QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones And His Orchestra At Newport '61 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Quincy Jones And His Orchestra At Newport '61
Big Band 1961
QUINCY JONES Reflections: Live At Budokan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflections: Live At Budokan
Big Band 1981
QUINCY JONES The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones: Live! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones: Live!
Big Band 1984
QUINCY JONES The Quincy Jones Big Band ‎: Lausanne 1960 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quincy Jones Big Band ‎: Lausanne 1960
Big Band 1994
QUINCY JONES Q Live In Paris Circa 1960 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Q Live In Paris Circa 1960
Big Band 1996
QUINCY JONES Live In Paris 5-7-9 Mars/19 Avril 1960 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris 5-7-9 Mars/19 Avril 1960
Big Band 2014
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones and His Orchestra : Live in Ludwigshafen 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones and His Orchestra : Live in Ludwigshafen 1961
Big Band 2016

QUINCY JONES demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

QUINCY JONES re-issues & compilations

QUINCY JONES Ironside (aka Quincy Jones) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ironside (aka Quincy Jones)
RnB 1975
QUINCY JONES I Heard That!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Heard That!!
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
QUINCY JONES The Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1982
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys ‎: Jump For Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys ‎: Jump For Jones
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1982
QUINCY JONES The Music Of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music Of Quincy Jones
Cool Jazz 1983
QUINCY JONES Compact Jazz: Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compact Jazz: Quincy Jones
Big Band 1987
QUINCY JONES Classics, Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classics, Volume 3
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1987
QUINCY JONES Gitanes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gitanes
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1992
QUINCY JONES The Magic Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magic Collection
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1993
QUINCY JONES Strike Up the Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strike Up the Band
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1993
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys
Big Band 1996
QUINCY JONES The Genius of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Genius of Quincy Jones
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1997
QUINCY JONES Best of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Quincy Jones
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1998
QUINCY JONES From Q With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Q With Love
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones's Finest Hour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quincy Jones's Finest Hour
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2000
QUINCY JONES Walk on the Wild Side album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk on the Wild Side
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2001
QUINCY JONES Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2001
QUINCY JONES 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2001
QUINCY JONES Talkin' Verve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talkin' Verve
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2001
QUINCY JONES Ultimate Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Collection
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2002
QUINCY JONES Love, Q album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love, Q
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2004
QUINCY JONES Swinging the Big Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swinging the Big Band
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2006
QUINCY JONES Q Digs Dancers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Q Digs Dancers
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2006
QUINCY JONES The Quincy Jones ABC/Mercury Big Band Jazz Sessions 1959-61 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Quincy Jones ABC/Mercury Big Band Jazz Sessions 1959-61
Big Band 2007
QUINCY JONES The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2009
QUINCY JONES Complete 1960 European Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete 1960 European Concerts
Big Band 2011
QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones Eight Classic Albums album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Quincy Jones Eight Classic Albums
Big Band 2012
QUINCY JONES Songs For Pussycats / Quincy In Rio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Songs For Pussycats / Quincy In Rio
Big Band 2012
QUINCY JONES Big Band Bossa Nova + The Quintessence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Band Bossa Nova + The Quintessence
Latin Jazz 2013
QUINCY JONES Jazz More Than 100 Legendary Recordings 1956-1960 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz More Than 100 Legendary Recordings 1956-1960
Big Band 2013
QUINCY JONES Complete Recordings 1960-1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recordings 1960-1962
Big Band 2014
QUINCY JONES Italian Job (50th Anniversary Expanded Edition) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Italian Job (50th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2020

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Big Band 2008

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QUINCY JONES Smackwater Jack

Album · 1971 · RnB
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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.

QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones Eight Classic Albums

Boxset / Compilation · 2012 · Big Band
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These Real Gone Jazz label compilations are so low priced and look so cheap that its hard not too assume that “Quincy Jones, Eight Classic Albums” is just some sloppily thrown together tracks with no particular rhyme and reason, but fortunately, quite the opposite is true. Instead, what get on this four CD set is an almost complete collection of all of Quincy’s early big band music, with no meaningless flotsam and jetsam to clutter things up. The only Jones’ big band album that did not make the collection is “Home Again”, which could be seen as much a Harry Arnold album as a Quincy Jones album, which I assume is why it was probably picked for exclusion. All the other Quincy late 50s to early 60s big band albums are here, including the studio albums from his first up through “I Dig Dancers”, plus two live albums. One of the best features about this comp is that RGJ went the extra step and included a couple albums that were recorded in that late 50s to early 60s time frame, but not released until the mid 80s. Its also nice that the two live albums are isolated on one CD, allowing for a three CD shuffle with just the studio albums if you want.

The music included on here ranges from top notch big band jazz to artsy orchestrated pop music and sometimes somewhat cheezy ‘cute’ dance numbers and other products of early 60s American suburban hipness. The most salient feature of all of Quincy’s orchestral work is the easily recognizable ‘Quincy sound’, a very modern sound that influenced much of the music world for decades to come. The Quincy sound was a bright sparkle voiced with slinky muted horn sections and punctuated with subtle high end tone colors. There are a lot of excellent musicians in these big bands, as well as a lot of great solos from folks like Phil Woods, Zoot Sims and Clark Terry. In fact, a virtual who’s who of late 50s jazz artists seem to find a spot in Quincy’s band at some time or another.

If you have any interest in Quincy Jones’ early career as a big band leader, or if you want to check out one of the more influential ensembles for early 60s jazz and pop orchestration, I don’t think you could find a better compilation than this one by RGJ.

QUINCY JONES Quincy Jones And His Orchestra At Newport '61

Live album · 1961 · Big Band
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If if you’re in a hurry, we can wrap up a quick review of Quincy Jones’ “Newport 1961” by saying that this CD contains a spirited performance that often involves material that is not up to this big band‘s talent, and its poorly recorded as well. These Newport live recordings tend to lean toward crowd pleasing type material as the festival was known to attract many curious non-jazz fans and people who just wanted to hang out. “Air Mail Special” has some great bop flavored high speed unison horn lines, and Phil Woods supplies a moving solo on “Evening in Paris”, but much of the rest of this CD is given to foot-stomping, hand-clapping pop RnB dance tunes that probably had the crowd on its feet, but as a home listening experience, it doesn’t quite carry over.

Despite the repetitious material, the band is excellent and burns bright all the way through. Checking the band lineup, its interesting to note that Pat Patrick, from Sun Ra's big band, was riding with Quincy at this time. The biggest problem with this CD is the sound. It sounds like everything was recorded through the soloist’s microphones, so needless to say, the soloists come through loud and clear, while the ensemble lines and rhythm section are too much in the background. How bothersome this is depends on the system you are listening to. I found this CD to be bearable in the house, but almost un-listenable in the truck.

Some people hold this CD in high regard, but a much better live Quincy Jones big band CD from this same time period is “The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones Live”. It has better material, and better sound too.

QUINCY JONES The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones: Live!

Live album · 1984 · Big Band
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“The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones Live” is a recording of Jones’ big band live on tour in Zurich Switzerland on March 10, 1961, but it was not released until the mid-80s. This is one of Jones’ last recordings as a full-time jazz musician and big band leader, soon the world of studio music will take him to more lucrative fields. The band on here is based on Quincy’s previous studio album, “The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones”, but there are a few different performers and an almost entirely new set of tunes. This was Quincy’s second big band tour of Europe, having just completed a fairly difficult tour the previous year.

Despite Quincy’s sometimes leanings towards pop, this album is pure jazz from start to finish, and it is smoking hot all the way through. Quincy has a great band on here, featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Phil Woods and Bud Johnson on saxes and Curtis Fuller on trombone and many more greats. The ensemble work is super tight and the solos are intense. The recorded sound of this live concert does not have all the bright sparkling colors of Jones’ studio albums, but it replaces all that finesse with sheer energy and passionate performances.

There’s lots of great tunes on here, “Air Mail Special” is always played fast, but never before like this, the high speed ensemble horn lines on here will raise the hair on your neck, turn it up loud! Elsewhere, both “Banja Luka” and “Stolen Moments” are lengthy hard bop/blues jams with lots of solos. Phil Woods shines as always on the beautiful ballad, “Bess You is My Woman Now”. Overall, this is an excellent big band album with a decent, but not remarkable recorded sound. Quincy’s legacy as a big band leader has almost been forgotten, overshadowed by his work in movies and pop, but this album is proof that Quincy’s short lived band ranked up there with the best.

QUINCY JONES I Dig Dancers

Album · 1960 · Big Band
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With “I Dig Dancers”, Quincy Jones continued his gradual shift from a pure jazz artist to a pop artist with a jazzy slant, but with no real drop off in quality or creativity. As the title suggests, this album is geared toward dancing, but not of the rockin RnB variety, instead this is more of a throwback to jazz’s ballroom dancing days in the heyday of the swing band, but the music isn’t particularly retro, its Quincy’s fresh 60s sound all the way. The band assembled here was an all-star aggregation that was put together to support a European tour of “Free and Easy”. When that show ended, Jones took this great band, that featured Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Phil Woods and others, on a tour of Europe and also made many of these recordings. After returning to the states, Jones made some more recordings, this time with Freddie Hubbard and Oliver Nelson on board.

Along with Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones was inventing the soundtrack for life in the 60s and the new middle-class suburban hip. This is the sound of double martinis, James Bond movies, Playboy magazine and car commercials featuring Sting Rays and Thunderbirds. Some of this music might be a bit cute for the serious jazz fan, but for those who enjoy 60s soundtracks, albums like this are the pinnacle of a distinct sound and nuance. Although much of this music leans pop, there is no lack of artistry; Melba Liston’s “Tone Poem” is interesting in its 3rd stream abstractions, “The Midnight Sun Will Never Set” is a beautiful ballad featuring one of the best Phil Woods solos you will ever hear and “G’wan Train” has some nice driving RnB horn riffs. Its also interesting to note that the version of "Midnight Sun" on here is far jazzier than the straighter version that will appear on "Birth of a Band Vol 2".

Although this music is not as pure jazz as Jones’ early albums, such as “How I Feel About Jazz”, its not near as cute and corny as the pop tunes that will surface on “Birth of a Band Part 2” or the bonus tracks on “The Complete Birth of a Band”. Instead, the music on “I Dig Dancers” walks a fine line between big band jazz and artsy pop music. I think most Quincy Jones fans will find a lot to like here, the orchestrations and recorded sound are excellent.

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