Quincy Jones - The Quintessence

Quincy Jones - The Quintessence

Catalogue Code: 713072

Barcode: 5050457130725

Release Date: 1 Jan 2013

Recorded over the course of three sessions in December 1961, The Quintessence would be Quincy’s only album release on the Impulse label when it appeared early the following year. Quincy leads the big band through three originals and fiver cover versions, but there isn’t a wasted moment, with the tight and compact playing more reminiscent of a jazz trio than a big band. Yet that was Quincy’s forte; an ability to forge a unit out of whatever he happened to be working on. The playing throughout is exceptional as one would expect given the calibre of musicians drafted in for this album, whilst the arrangements and conducting are also top drawer. As compelling and vital a Quincy album as anything before or after, The Quintessence is required listening for any Quincy Jones aficionado.

1. The Quintessence
2. Robot Portrait
3. Little Karen
4. Straight, No Chaser
5. For Lena And Lennie
6. Hard Sock Dance
7. Invitation
8. The Twitch