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Backgrounder: Quincy Jones - Twilight Time


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Early in March, I posted a Backgrounder on a 1957 album arranged by Quincy Jones in Paris. In the U.S., the LP was released by United Artists and was called Americans in Paris. In France, it came out on Barclay and was known as Et Voila! The album was recorded with Eddie Barclay, the owner of the Barclay label and its music director at the time who hired most of the French musicians in the band. He soon would offer the music director's job to Jones, who remained almost five years.

Jones recalls teaming up with Eddie Barclay on more than 10 albums while he was in Paris studying composition and theory with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen between 1957 and 1961. In addition to the LP above, there was an album with vocalist Billy Eckstine (go here), one with singer June Richmond and a few easy listening albums.

One of them was Twilight Time (known as Confetti in France), released in 1960. It was arranged and conducted by Jones, who said of the album on his Facebook page, “It has that easy-going Parisian feel that I love... almost as if you were walking down the streets in the South of France during the wee hours of the night.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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