Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack (A&M Rec., 1972)

Smackwater Jack (1971)
Quincy Jones

''Smackwater Jack''
( LP A&M Records, 1971)
Catalog # SP-3037

Smackwater Jack is a 1971 studio album by Quincy Jones.Tracks include the theme music to Ironside and The Bill Cosby Show.

01. Smackwater Jack (Goffin, King) 3:31
02. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Guaraldi, Rowe) 4:26
03. Ironside (Jones) 3:53
04. What's Going On (Benson, Cleveland, Gaye) 9:51
05. Theme from "The Anderson Tapes" (From The Anderson Tapes) (Jones) 5:16
06. Brown Ballad (Brown) 4:20
07. Hikky-Burr (Cosby, Jones) 4:02
08. Guitar Blues Odyssey: From Roots to Fruits (Jones) 6:35

Quincy Jones, Valerie Simpson, Bill Cosby, Marilyn Jackson (vocals)
Jerome Richardson, Peter Christlieb (saxophone)
Hubert Laws (tenor saxophone, flute)
Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown (trombone)
Marvin Stamm, Freddie Hubbard (flugelhorn)
Toots Thielmans (harmonica, guitar)
Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
Bob James, Jakie Byard, Joe Sample, Bobby Scott (piano)
Dick Hyman (electric harpsichord, piano)
Paul Beaver, Edd Kalehoff (Moog synthesizer)
Jim Hall, Eric Gale (guitar)
Ray Brown, Carol Kaye (bass)
Grady Tate, Paul Humphries (drums)

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''Hikky Burr''

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City.
A1: Screen Gems/Columbia Music, Inc.
A2: Atzal Music Inc.
A3: Shamley Music Corp.
A4: Jobete Music Co.
B1: Screen Gems/Columbia Music Inc
B2: Quicksand Music Co.
B3: Makalotta Music
B4: Quicksand Music Co.
Total Time: 00:42:48

Quincy Jones had jazz fans wondering when he released his killer Gula Matari album in 1970. That set, with gorgeous reading of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with a lead vocal by none other than Valerie Simpson, pointed quite solidly into the direction Jones was traveling: unabashedly toward pop, but with his own trademark taste, and sophistication at the forefront of his journey. Its follow-up, Smackwater Jack, marked Jones, along with Phil Ramone and Ray Brown in the producer's chair, and knocked purist jazz fans on their heads with its killer meld of pop tunes, television and film themes, pop vocals, and big-band charts. The personnel list is a who's- who of jazzers including Monty Alexander, Jim Hall, Pete Christlieb, Joe Beck, Bobby Scott, Ernie Royal, Freddie Hubbard, Jerome Richardson, Ray Brown, Jaki Byard, Toots Thielemans, and many others. But it also hosted the talents of new school players who dug pop and soul, such as Grady Tate, Bob James, Joe Sample, Chuck Rainey, Paul Humphries, Eric Gale, and others. And yes, Simpson was back on this session in an epic reading of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On,'" that featured Carol Kaye and Harry Lookofsky on soulful, psychedelic jazz strings and a smoking harmonica solo by Thielemans. The title cut, of course, is a reading of the Gerry Goffin and Carole King number, done in a taut, funky soul style with Rainey's bassline popping and bubbling under the entire mix and James' Rhodes and Thielemans' harmonica leading the back until the funky breaks by Tate, and some tough street guitar by Arthur Adams host an enormous backing chorus and a "mysterious" uncredited male lead vocal. Other highlights include a rocking version of the television theme from Ironside, and "Hikky-Burr," the now infamous theme from the Bill Cosby Show with a guest vocal from Bill. The version of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is one of the loveliest tracks here, and sets in stone a gorgeous model for the meld of complex jazz harmonics and a lithe pop melody. The album's final cut is a Jones original that sums up the theme of the entire album. Entitled "Guitar Blues Odyssey: From Roots to Fruits," it travels the path of Robert Johnson and Skip James through toJimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton with stops along the way at Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green. Guitarists Beck, Hall, and Gale, as well as Freddie Robinson, all do their best mimicking on this lovely, musical, labyrinthine montage that moves back and forth across musical history. It works like a charm with Brown's upright and Rainey's Fender (electric) bass work (alternately), and the beatcraft of Tate. This set has provided some key samples for rappers and electronic music producers over the years -- and there's plenty more to steal -- but as an album, it is one of Q's true masterpieces, recorded during an era when he could do no wrong, and when he was expanding not only his musical palette, but ours.
By Thom Jurek (AMG)

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(Theme From Ironside)

Out of print in the U.S.! release from the multi-talented Quincy Jones, an album that steps away from pure Jazz and allows Quincy to spread his musical wings a bit. Features eight tracks including some of his themes to various television series including 'Ironside', 'Theme From The Anderson Tapes' and 'Hikky-Burr' (from the Bill Cosby Show). Universal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

A great bit of 70s electric work from Quincy – and probably his funkiest album ever! Quincy's really stepping out here from the straighter and spacier styles of earlier records – going for more of the dirty grooves he was cutting up for soundtrack albums, and hitting notes that were a lot more fitting for the blacksploitation era. The record includes the massive funky track cut "Hikky-Burr", which was the theme to the first Bill Cosby Show, and which has a sinister groove, and some wild shouted lyrics! Also features two more great themes – "Ironside" and "The Anderson Tapes" – both of which have a cool electric sound to them, and the nice title cut, which actually features Quincy on vocals! Other tracks include "Cast Your Fate To The Wind", "What's Going On", "Brown Ballad" and more.
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