Quincy Jones' Finest Hour

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It often comes as a surprise to those who know Quincy Jones as the spectaculary successful pop producer and funk-jazz recording artist that "Q" was once one of the most accomplished arrangers and composers in jazz. Leading large ensembles filled with some of the best jazz players around, Jones cut a series of terrific recordings throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s that spotlighted his ingenious writing and uncanny ability to draw out the best from his handpicked musicians. Whether essaying jazz classics ("Moanin'," "Killer Joe," "Comin' Home Baby") or exceptional originals ("Stockholm Sweetnin'," "Quintessence," "Hard Sock Dance"), Jones makes a band sound like a ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It often comes as a surprise to those who know Quincy Jones as the spectaculary successful pop producer and funk-jazz recording artist that "Q" was once one of the most accomplished arrangers and composers in jazz. Leading large ensembles filled with some of the best jazz players around, Jones cut a series of terrific recordings throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s that spotlighted his ingenious writing and uncanny ability to draw out the best from his handpicked musicians. Whether essaying jazz classics ("Moanin'," "Killer Joe," "Comin' Home Baby") or exceptional originals ("Stockholm Sweetnin'," "Quintessence," "Hard Sock Dance"), Jones makes a band sound like a million bucks, his delightful orchestrations interweaving seamlessly with his featured soloists (among them saxophonists Phil Woods and Benny Carter and trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Art Farmer.) A few select tracks find Jones working his magic with the preeminent singers Sarah Vaughan ("That Midnight Sun will Never Set") and Dinah Washington ("Stormy Weather").
All Music Guide - Campbell
It has been questioned whether Quincy Jones will best be remembered as a producer of pop hits Thriller or for his massive jazz output. After an unsuccessful early attempt as a jazz trumpeter, Jones focused on the challenges of his main interest, arranging and conducting. As part of the Finest Hour series from Verve, 15 of Jones arrangements from 1956 through 1981 have been collected spotlighting his work with vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington and top-notch orchestras including Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, and Roland Kirk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 606949066727
  • Catalog Number: 490667
  • Sales rank: 132,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stockholm Sweetnin' - Quincy Jones (5:41)
  2. 2 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set - Quincy Jones (2:50)
  3. 3 Moanin' - Quincy Jones (3:07)
  4. 4 G'won Train - Quincy Jones (3:01)
  5. 5 Blues in the Night - Quincy Jones (3:59)
  6. 6 Stormy Weather - Quincy Jones (3:16)
  7. 7 Quintessence - Quincy Jones (4:22)
  8. 8 Hard Sock Dance - Quincy Jones (3:22)
  9. 9 For Lena and Lennie - Quincy Jones (4:18)
  10. 10 Theme from the Pawnbroker - Quincy Jones (2:37)
  11. 11 Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones (2:47)
  12. 12 Comin' Home Baby - Quincy Jones (2:47)
  13. 13 Killer Joe - Quincy Jones (5:12)
  14. 14 Velas - Quincy Jones (4:07)
  15. 15 Stuff Like That - Quincy Jones (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Lalo Schifrin Piano
Luther Vandross Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Art Farmer Trumpet
Urbie Green Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Herbie Hancock Piano, Electric Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Quincy Jones Conductor, Indexed Contributor
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Flute
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Bud Shank Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Ronnell Bright Piano
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Stu Martin Drums
Carlos Goméz Percussion
Benny Carter Conductor
Ray Brown Bass
Buddy Catlett Bass
Chaka Khan Vocals
Clark Terry Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
Rudy Collins Drums
Jack Del Rio Percussion
Eric Gale Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Hilda Harris Vocals
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Marilyn Jackson Vocals
Virgil Jones Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Jose Paula Percussion
Charlie Persip Drums
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Bobby Scott Piano
Valerie Simpson Vocals
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Toots Thielemans Guitar, Harmonica, Human Whistle
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Technical Credits
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Patricia Brown Composer
Steve Gadd Composer
Eric Gale Composer
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Johnny Mandel String Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Valerie Simpson Composer
Richard Tee Composer
Michael Ullman Sequencers
Henri Salvador Composer
Jeff Willens Mastering
Dorcas Cochran Composer
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