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Straight No Chaser - the Many Faces of Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones, whom many will remember hugging an armful of Grammys® or jumping excitedly before an all-star chorus singing "We Are the World", grew up in a Chicago neighborhood so tough that he once saw a body with an ice pick through its neck while on his way to school. Music became his way, he said, of escaping "whatever was distasteful or unpleasant or uncomfortable or ... Read more in Amazon's Quincy Jones Store

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  • Audio CD (17 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00004SC6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Straight, No Chaser
2. Boogie Stop Shuffle (Boogie Bossa Nova)
3. Manha de Carnival (Morning of the Carnival)
4. On The Street Where You Live
5. Soul Bossa Nova
6. A Taste of Honey
7. Take Five
8. Desifinado
9. Jive Samba
10. Bossa Nova USA
See all 42 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Killer Joe
2. Gula Matari
3. Ironside
4. What's Going On
5. Hikky Burr
6. Superstition
7. You've Got It Bad Girl
8. Boogie Joe, The Grinder
9. Everything Must Change
10. Body Heat
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

The Verve, Mercury, Impusle, A&M years on 2 Mid-priced CDs
What you get is the best of his Verve, Mercury, A&M and Impulse years on 2CD compilation. What we did was to introduce this master of composition and arrangements to as many music listeners as possible . Includes the 'Soul Bossa Nove' from Austin Powers the film, the Ironside TV theme, the blissful Killer Joe track which everyone should have in their collection to the funk & disco years of the classic album 'The Dude'. Enjoy the width and get ready for the next ones. If you enjoyed this then try the compilation from Various Artists called 'Messin Around'out on Universal Jazz.


The word "hip" and the name Quincy Jones are interchangeable. He's had so many different careers that they're difficult to count. Let's try. He's been a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, producer and, not least, a fashion icon. More importantly, he's risen to the top in all of them. This collection of 42 of his recordings spans his career as it moves through Bebop, Swing, Crossover and Pop music. Quincy's albums are invariably beautifully recorded and he used only the finest musicians to play on his sessions. The title tune "Straight No Chaser", for example, features trumpeter Joe Newman, star of the Count Basie band. His blazing hit version of Benny Golson's "Killer Joe" oozes jazz solos, and tenorist Zoot Sims really wails on the definitive version of "The Pink Panther", with its marvellous growling bass from Major Holley. The brass shouts and storms on "The Hucklebuck" and the sax wails in the old Billy May style on "Blues In The Night". Phil Woods's alto preaches over the bass trombones on "Watermelon Man"... These sessions are the ultimate lessons for anyone with ambitions to score music. Quincy is in a class of his own, and it should be reiterated that the tracks are unique in their high recording quality. You can hear everything! --Steve Voce

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "grellog" on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album shows Quincy Jones and Crew from 1961-81. The variety of music the band plays is phenominal! The styles range from Latin to Blues, Film music to traditional Big Band, with the odd Quince trademark.
The Band itself plays incredibly- the lead trumpet disappears into the atmosphere; the rhythm section goes wild; and the bass player does something very odd (and I'm not saying what!).
Now the music; stunning! As you progress through the CD's you think "Wow that's the best track I've ever heard. Nothing can match that" and then the very next track you'll be saying the same thing. If I were to choose favourites, they would be Desafinado (alla completely not Stan Getz!), The Mancini trio, and Killer Joe. I have to exclude all the rest or else I would simply be writing the back of the CD case.
I cannot stress how good this album is. The 2 CD's provide you with 150 minutes of awesome music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Macgregor on 29 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wonderful, wide ranging, collection.
If you know his work you'll love it. If not then this is the place to start.
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