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Album Review

Now running his own Qwest label and a thousand other things, Quincy Jones still owed one more album to A&M — and he gave them a blockbuster, one that reached number ten, yielded three hit pop singles and made a star out of soul balladeer James Ingram. "Ai No Corrida," and the leadoff track, is the Quincy Jones hit method par excellence — great pacing, superb sound, a catchy tune, a hot Ernie Watts tenor sax solo and you can dance to it, too. Stevie Wonder's irresistible synthesizer hooks lift his "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me," and Q and omnipresent composer Rod Temperton are far-seeing enough on the title track to anticipate the rise of rap. But where does all of this pop wizardry, soon to assume mythic dimensions on Michael Jackson's Thriller, leave the jazz listener? Yes, Quincy has thought of you too, however briefly, on Ivan Lins' wistful "Velas," where perennial house jazzer Toots Thielemans eloquently returns, taping his part in Belgium. Obviously, though, the main purpose here is to make hit pop singles, and The Dude does a pretty good job of that. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A masterpiece!!!!!

I know this may offend some people who are out of touch with reality, but Quincy Jones is the most "Do Nothing" producer in the history of music. If you take the time to read the liner notes on the Albums he's most known for, including this one, and the Michael Jackson trio he was credited with, you will not see him listed as a songwriter or even a musician like you would say "James Harris III & Terry Lewis (aka Jam & Lewis or Flyte Tyme) who are responsible for a number of hits in the 80's and 90's. But the one talent that "Q" undoubtedly does posess is his ability to assemble very talented people to work together. First and foremost is the inclusion of Louis Johnson, previously of the Brothers Johnson fame. His bass lines are the foundation that the best tracks are built upon. There are so many artists, singers, musicians, song writers involved in this project that it's unfair for his name to be on the title when you weigh in what little he actually did contribute. Nonetheless, this is one of the greatest collections of songs ever put together. They simply don't make music like this anymore. But then again, when is the last time you heard of a great collaboration of truly talented artists? Not recently, unless it was old school like this......

The Best Album of all Time! (so far, at least!)

No matter what you day is like, put this one on and you'll feel better. Getting an MRI? Doing a chemo treatment? (now that's a bad day all right!) ....plug this one in to make the pain go away and the time fly by. . Play it at the dentist, in your car. It's a classic. Quincy Jones, the genius at his best. The artists at their all time best. Twenty years later, and nobody does it better! Great Listening!

The Dude

This album is a true classic---every song on it could be a number 1 hit---I play ai no corrida to test out a new vehicle's stereo--the separation is unbelievable!!

Biography

Born: March 14, 1933 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In a musical career that has spanned seven decades, Quincy Jones has earned his reputation as a renaissance man of American music. Jones has distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer, and a record label executive, and outside of music, he's also written books, produced major motion pictures, and helped create television series. And a quick look at a few of the artists Jones has worked with suggests the remarkable diversity...
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