The Quintessence

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Quintessence is perhaps the most accurate title ever given to a Quincy Jones & His Orchestra recording. Issued in 1961 for Impulse!, this is the sound of the modern, progressive big band at its pinnacle. Recorded in three sessions, the core of the band consists of Melba Liston, Phil Woods, Julius Watkins, and bassist Milt Hinton and pianist Patricia Brown on two sessions, with bassist Buddy Catlett and pianist Bobby Scott on another. The trumpet chairs are held alternately by players like Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, and Snooky Young, to name a few. Oliver Nelson is here, as are Frank Wess and Curtis Fuller. Despite its brevity -- a scant 31 minutes -- ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Quintessence is perhaps the most accurate title ever given to a Quincy Jones & His Orchestra recording. Issued in 1961 for Impulse!, this is the sound of the modern, progressive big band at its pinnacle. Recorded in three sessions, the core of the band consists of Melba Liston, Phil Woods, Julius Watkins, and bassist Milt Hinton and pianist Patricia Brown on two sessions, with bassist Buddy Catlett and pianist Bobby Scott on another. The trumpet chairs are held alternately by players like Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, and Snooky Young, to name a few. Oliver Nelson is here, as are Frank Wess and Curtis Fuller. Despite its brevity -- a scant 31 minutes -- The Quintessence is essential to any appreciation of Jones and his artistry. The deep swing and blues in his originals such as the title track, "Robot Portrait," and "For Lena and Lennie" create staggering blends. They are beautifully warm, with edges rounded, but the brass section is still taut and punchy. The reeds cool the heat enough to give the rhythmic dialogue in these tunes its inherent strolling swing. Elsewhere, on Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," the time is speeded up to nearly dizzying intensity, and it's played like a big band popping bebop with incredible counterpointed double solos happening between trombone, muted trumpet, and Brown's piano. Though only 2:27 in length, the piece packs an entire harmonic universe into its furious pace. Benny Golson's "Little Karen," is, by contrast, held in character: lithe, limpid, and fluid, it's the ultimate laid-back, midtempo ballad. That said, with the brass charts being notched up just enough, it's got the kind of finger-popping groove that makes it irresistible. The solo spot taken by Nelson is pure knotty bop. What is beautiful about this recording -- and every second of the music -- is that because of its brevity, there isn't a wasted moment. It's all taut, packed with creativity and joy, and without excess or unnecessary decorative arrangement. It doesn't get much better than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517448179
  • Catalog Number: 000978202
  • Sales rank: 82,383

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quintessence (4:24)
  2. 2 Robot Portrait (5:28)
  3. 3 Little Karen (3:47)
  4. 4 Straight, No Chaser (2:28)
  5. 5 For Lena and Lennie (4:20)
  6. 6 Hard Sock Dance (3:23)
  7. 7 Invitation (3:37)
  8. 8 The Twitch (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra Primary Artist, Track Performer
Quincy Jones Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Conductor, Vocals, Track Performer
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Melba Liston Trombone
Oliver Nelson Reeds, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Reeds, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Patti Bown Piano
Billy Gene English Drums
Rod Levitt Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Stu Martin Drums
Gloria Agostini Harp
Ray Alonge French Horn
Patricia H. Bown Piano
Patricia Brown Piano
Billy Byers Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Buddy Catlett Bass
Earl Chapin French Horn
Clark Terry Trumpet
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Eric Dixon Reeds, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise Trombone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Jerry Kail Trumpet
Thomas Mitchell Trombone
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Bobby Scott Piano
Frank Wess Reeds, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Woods Reeds, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jimmy Johnson Jr. Drums
Tommy Mitchell Trombone
James "JJ" Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Lena Horne Liner Notes
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer
Frank Abbey Engineer
Bobby Arnold Engineer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Lennie Hayton Liner Notes
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Bob Thiele Producer
Erick Labson Remastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Robert Flynn Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Quincy is an intellectual and artistic gift to the world. I have enjoyed his music and his career for so many years. He is an absolute joy to behold. I was blessed to enjoy so many of his albums. The Quintessence was an artistic jewel.

    'Quintessence' is one of Quincy's fabulous works. Constructed by the 'Master' musician; this work is an arranger's masterpiece. The musicians are artisans of the highest order. I have enjoyed this work of art over and over again. I truly recommend this album to you if you enjoy musicianship on a grand scale. Quincy is a master muscian, composer and arranger. The blending of the brass and the woodwind section along with the band truly 'swinging' with that 'hot' rhythm section is just what the doctor ordered. PURCHASE THIS WORK WITHOUT ANY HESITATION ALONG WITH MANY OF HIS ADDITIONAL ALBUMS.

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