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Quincy Jones gathered several generations' worth of musicians for Back On the Block, his 1989 salute to street music and culture. Not least of these was old friend Ray Charles, who won major R&B chart success with the album's "I'll Be Good to You," a teaming with Chaka Khan on the old Brothers Johnson hit. Of course, the good music and good feeling hardly stopped there. Another big hit came in the form of "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)," a meeting of smooth voices that included Barry White, James Ingram and El DeBarge. Elsewhere, the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald sit alongside New Breed-ers such as Big Daddy Kane. With Back on the Block, Jones mixes the old and the (then) new, the modern and the classic, with satisfying results.

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Transcends the Trends

This album showcases the talents of a wide varitey of artists from the '40s jazz era all the way to late '80s hip hop. Lead by trend-transcender Quincy Jones, this album provides a great chance to hear some real musical giants perform with the younger artists who were inspired by their work. It is light-hearted, positive and upbeat. I love this one in the car and for exercise!

Quincy at his absolute BEST!!!

Back on the Block is one of Quincy Jones' greatest musical achievements. The album is the 1st and probably only record to combine R&B, jazz, and hip-hop all in one. The 1st song is absolutely electrifying featuring some of the greatest MC's of all time: Ice-T, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Big Daddy Kane. The rest of the record is complete genius as well. "Birdland", "Setembro", and "One Man Woman" are some of my favorites. Back on the Block is classic Quincy!!!

Back on the Block....Excellent

I've have the CD for about 8 yrs and I just downloaded onto my I Pod ......and it sound just as good on my I Tunes on my computer as on my I Pod......This was the state of grace for Q since he made it after recovering from a devastating heart attack and divorce fm Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. It includes stars like the immortal Ray Charles (Q's mentor) Barry White, Chaka Khan, Ice T (now of Law & Order SVU), Kurtis Blow and a host of others.......It just now as it was then Period!!!!!! If U don't have it, BUY IT!!!!


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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