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by Dan Bilawsky
Artistic dreams and financial realities are rarely in alignment. That's a sad fact that the great Quincy Jones learned the hard way at the dawn of the '60s. Jones was in Europe at the time, directing a dream orchestra that he put together for the musical Free And Easy. When that show closed in February of 1960, he decided to keep things going. The big band tours that followed--in 1960 and 1961--were, by all accounts, successful in an artistic sense; ...read more
by Solomon J. LeFlore
I love jazz! I love everything about it... the improvisation, syncopation, the forceful rhythm, and the fact that it is truly America's original art form. Its unique and innovative use of brass and woodwind instruments and the piano is jazz. And, it is as American as apple pie. Ask 100 different people What is jazz? and you're likely to get 100 different answers. Its styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz. Jazz is America's classical music. It ...read more
by Martin Gladu
As the who's who of the entertainment and humanitarian aid worlds prepares to fete Quincy Jones on his 75th birthday (he was born March 14, 1933), Universal's Impulse! Records also takes part in the celebration with the reissue of The Quintessence.Recorded in late 1961 as an offshoot of the Free and Easy Broadway show, the band features roughly the same big band personnel Jones had assembled in New York for the show's initial European dates. Following the show's ...read more
by Mark Sabbatini
The phrase your opinion of this album may depend on what you think of TV theme music" is generally not meant as praise.
But this long-lost" collection of funk-jazz written by Jones and Cosby bears no resemblance to the syrupy soundtracks of modern shows like The West Wing" and Law And Order." Instead it offers up a collaboration of various big-name jazz players in a casual and free-spirited, if uneven, set of studio jams. Most of the time ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Quincy Jones made a number of recordings while traveling through western Europe with his big band nearly 40 years ago. This is the best one we’ve heard. Although sound quality is typical of an early–’60s radio broadcast, which this was, Quincy’s all–star ensemble is kicking butt and taking no prisoners in Lausanne, Switzerland. As no less an authority than alto master Phil Woods (who was there) says in a hand–written note affixed to the liners, “This CD comes closer to ...read more
by John Sharpe
GRP has recently issued ten great titles under the banner of ChessMates. This first batch" of reissues features early works by such artists as Kenny Dorham, Roland Kirk, James Moody and George Russell. The bulk of this material has been drawn from the vaults of the Argo, Decca, Coral and Dot labels. Go West, Man! was originally recorded for ABC in 1957. It’s a fine, Basieish" big band outing featuring an incredible cast of jazz greats. Hard to go wrong ...read more