Quincy Jones

1955–1962 The Essential Works


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Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is known to most people as the producer of some of the best-selling albums in the record-books, and particularly those by Michael Jackson. But Quincy’s talents as a producer were only able to bloom because he is an immense musician. For close to seventy years, the man has been writing, playing, producing and recording music.

Born in Chicago and raised in Seattle, Quincy befriended Ray Charles in the Forties and went to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a trumpeter in the Fifties, Quincy acquired immense experience as an arranger for a great number of orchestras and musicians. The five years (1957-1962) illustrated in this album represent the peak of Quincy’s art as an arranger and bandleader.

He toured the world and settled in Paris for a time, where he became Artistic Director for the label of Eddie Barclay. And then in the Sixties he returned to America to become Music Director of the U.S. label Mercury. He met Michael Jackson in 1978 on the set of The Wiz, which was produced by Motown. A year later, Quincy was the producer of Michael Jackson’s album Off the Wall, marking the beginning of a series of immense hits in every musical domain.

Tracklist

 

A1. The Birth Of A Band

A2. Moanin

A3. Along Came Betty

A4. Tickle Toe

A5. Happy Faces

A6. G Wan Train

A7. Tuxedo Junction

B1. The Boy In The Tree

B2. Kinda Blues

B3. For Lena And Lennie

B4. Caravan

B5. The Best Is Yet To Come

C1. Dancin' Pants

C2. Doodlin'

C3. Caravan

C4. Pleasingly Plump

C5. The Boy In The Tree (Theme)

C6. Boogie Stop Shuffle

D1. Soul Bossa Nova

D2. Desafinado

D3. Manha De Carnaval

D4. Samba De Uma Nota So

D5. Seranata

D6. Chega De Saudade