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Watching the Grammies last night I caught a glimpse of QUINCEY JONES (born March 14, 1933) and right there and then I had a flash back to 1981 and the excited phone call from cousin, you see we had each targeted albums we were going to purchase each knowing we both liked the same acts in many respects but didn’t want own two copies when one copy would do. He had targeted QUINCEY JONES new album one of which I badly wanted but
had no money to get it. Jumping on the bus into town & hooking up with some friends I then caught the next bus out of town to his house .As the bus sped along the song AI NO CORRIDA pounded through my mind. You see I had only just discovered the man and his music one again thanks to MIKE BAKER a local DJ .I still vividly remember how stunned I felt as each song played and took you to a high musically you never thought you could possibly get. Over the years QUINCEY JONES music help introduce me to jazz music also to artist of the time like GEORGE BENSON, PATTI AUSTIN, JAMES INGRAM &THE BROTHERS JOHNSON. Back then QUINCEY was as big as you could get in the rnb and music(and still is may I add) .Who knew that just a year late r that he and MICHEAL JACKSON would release what was to be the biggest selling album of all time, sometimes we forget QUINEY JONES involvement or we slightly play it down. Yet without him pulling all the ingredients together as he did THRILLER may not have been the album it became. This said and I may have said this before their previous work on the OFF THE WALL album I felt was much stronger. Looking at his career he is a man that has done it all playing in bands alongside the likes of LIONEL HAMPTON organizing tours, working as a music director for mercury records. Then later discovering pop talent such as LESLEY GORE, you may not recognise the title but you would the song ITS MY PARTY (1964) then later working along with film director SIDNEY LUMET on motion pictures of which QUINCEY JONES did 33.One such film was THE PAWNBROKER (CHECK OUT THE MUSIC SCORE)You name the act they all wanted QUINCEY JONES FRANK SINATRA ELLA FITGERALD DINAH WASHINGTON .The man has always known h
is craft, and in a more physical way then producers today .The producer had to know how to write and play music or have a band of well trained musicians who could whilst inspiring greatness from such artist and vocalist this QUINCEY is a master of .By the time 1981 had arrived my ears were ready and willing to listen to his music, so profound was that experience it had me looking back at earlier material as well as looking forward .I would buy anything and watch anything that had the QUINCEY JONES stamp of approval on it, when I heard that a new show called THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR was coming on the TV I wasn’t at all bothered until I heard that QUINCEY JONES was involved I had to watch it, Just look at what that show did for MR WILL SMITH. It demonstrates that a great producer and business man doesn’t just make money but he inspires the best from those around him directly and in directly he causes them to look backward as easily as they look forward and inspires them to see true value in whatever art they choose to take on. There are NO producers of that category around today (in my humble opinion) if there was we have had another DUDE album or even a THRILLER and may be already looking at the next WILL SMITH replacement. QUINCEY JONES has it all and don’t let his age fool you.. Born like so many greats into poverty this did not hold him back he didn’t allow how others felt about to prevent him from moving forward. When he got news of MICHEAL JACKSON’s death he had this to say
I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the '80s. To this day, the music we created together on Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all...talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.
I doubt words can really sum up how I feel about this but just to say THANK YOU Q you are and will always be THE REAL DUDE to me .
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