Back on the Block

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Having let eight years pass since his last A&M album, Quincy Jones made his debut on his own label with his most extravagant, most star-studded, most brilliantly sequenced pop album to date -- which could have only been assembled by the man who put together "We Are the World." Jones was one of the first establishment musicians to embrace rap, and one of the first to link rap with his jazz heritage; it's hard not to be moved by the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Sarah Vaughan, and George Benson electronically appearing on "Birdland" and trading brief licks with the likes of Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane on "Jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Having let eight years pass since his last A&M album, Quincy Jones made his debut on his own label with his most extravagant, most star-studded, most brilliantly sequenced pop album to date -- which could have only been assembled by the man who put together "We Are the World." Jones was one of the first establishment musicians to embrace rap, and one of the first to link rap with his jazz heritage; it's hard not to be moved by the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Sarah Vaughan, and George Benson electronically appearing on "Birdland" and trading brief licks with the likes of Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane on "Jazz Corner of the World." Later, jazz buffs would vilify Jones for not taking fuller advantage of this one-time constellation of jazz stars, but at the time, it seemed like a marvelous dialogue between the old and the new. Of course, as he well knew, celebrating jazz history is not the surest route to a blockbuster hit record, so there are plenty of radio-friendly urban pop productions here, with Herbie Hancock and George Duke on keyboards, and Siedah Garrett and 12-year-old Tevin Campbell on vocals. Despite the presence of an enthused Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and the Brothers Johnson, the overly busy techno remake of "I'll Be Good to You" doesn't cut the Johnsons' original -- nor does "Tomorrow." Ultimately the most popular track would be the most tedious for the jazz listener, "The Secret Garden," with a parade of smooth soul balladeers producing make-out music at length. Yet Back on the Block remains a strikingly durable piece of entertainment, and in hindsight, a poignant signpost of the changing of the guard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 602498837887
  • Catalog Number: 000515402
  • Sales rank: 7,742

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quincy Jones Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Snare Drums, Hand Clapping, Shaker, cowbell, Choir Conductor, Korg M1
Big Daddy Kane Vocals, Rap
Kool Moe Dee Vocals, Rap
Sandra Crouch Vocals, Background Vocals
Take 6 Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Jarreau Vocals
Dionne Warwick Background Vocals
Ray Charles Vocals
Siedah Garrett Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir Director
Howard Hewett Background Vocals
Jennifer Holliday Background Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals, Soloist
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Barry White Soloist
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Soloist
George Benson Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Miles Davis Trumpet, Vocals, Soloist
George Duke Keyboards, fender rhodes, Soloist
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Soloist
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Soloist
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Soloist, Synthesizer Pads
Bobby McFerrin Bass, Percussion, Vocals, yodeling
James Moody Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Bill Summers Percussion, Hinedewho, African Percussion
Tevin Campbell Vocals
Phil Perry Background Vocals
David Thomas Vocals
Rose Banks Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir Director
Peggi Blu Background Vocals
Tyren Perry Background Vocals
Jesse Jackson Narrator
Howard McCrary Vocals, Background Vocals
Children's Choir Background Vocals
Al B. Sure! Background Vocals, Soloist
Nadirah Ali Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson Vocals, Background Vocals
Andraé Crouch Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir Conductor
Joe Zawinul Vocals, Soloist
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Ollie E. Brown Percussion
Chaka Khan Vocals
Alvin Chea Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
El DeBarge Background Vocals, Soloist
Cedric Dent Vocals
Sheila E. Timbales, Soloist
Nathan East Bass
Voncielle Faggett Vocals, Background Vocals
Geary Faggett Vocals
Jackie Gouche Vocals, Background Vocals
Jania Foxworth Background Vocals
Tammie Gibson Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Reggie Green Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Keyboards
Pattie Howard Vocals, Background Vocals
Ice-T Rap
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
George Johnson Guitar, Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass, Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Synthesizer, Keyboards
Mark Kibble Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Clif Magness Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Grandmaster Melle Mel Rap
Perry Morgan Vocals, Background Vocals
David Paich Keyboards, Synthesizer Pads
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards, fender rhodes
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Ian Prince Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocoder
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Soloist
Derrick Schoefield Vocals, Background Vocals
Caiphus Semenya Conductor, Background Vocals
Alfie Silas Vocals, Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Bruce Swedien Drums, Snare Drums
Rod Temperton Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping
Ian Underwood Synthesizer, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping
Mervyn Warren Vocals, Spoken Word
Syreeta Wright Background Vocals
Michael Young Synthesizer
Claude McKnight Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
QDIII Vocals
Geary Lanier Foggett Background Vocals
Donovan McCrary Background Vocals
Shane Shoaf Background Vocals
Ken Ford Background Vocals
Alex Harris Background Vocals
Tiffany Johnson Background Vocals
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Charity Young Background Vocals
McKinley Brown Background Vocals
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Keyboards, Saxophone
Larry E. Williams Keyboards, Saxophone
Chad Durio Background Vocals
J.C. Gomez Percussion, African Percussion
Human Bean Band Track Performer
Jean Johnson McRath Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Lukather Guitar
Melle Mel Rap
Technical Credits
Kool Moe Dee Composer
Siedah Garrett Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement, Original Concept
Bill Summers rhythm arrangement
Sarah Abukusta translation
Andraé Crouch Vocal Arrangements
Glen Ballard Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Kevin Becka Engineer
Michael Boddicker Programming, drum programming
Jorge Calandrelli Composer, Synthesizer String Arrangement
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer
Don Cobb Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Ice-T Composer
George Johnson Composer
Mark Kibble Vocal Arrangements
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Clif Magness Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Greg Phillinganes rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer Producer
Ian Prince Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Caiphus Semenya Arranger, Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Bruce Swedien Special Effects, Engineer
Rod Temperton Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Ian Underwood Programming
Mervyn Warren Composer
Louise Velazquez Production Director
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
QDIII Programming, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Brad Sundberg Engineer
Deborah Dill Creative Services Coordinator
Larry Williams Programming
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