Issued in for Impulse! Despite its brevity -- a scant 31 minutes -- The Quintessence is essential to any appreciation of Jones and his artistry.
The deep swing and blues in his originals such as the title track, "Robot Portrait," and "For Lena and Lennie" create staggering blends. They are beautifully warm, with edges rounded, but the brass section is still taut and punchy. The reeds cool the heat enough to give the rhythmic dialogue in these tunes its inherent strolling swing. Elsewhere, on Thelonious Monk 's "Straight, No Chaser," the time is speeded up to nearly dizzying intensity, and it's played like a big band popping bebop with incredible counterpointed double solos happening between trombone, muted trumpet, and Brown 's piano.
Though only in length, the piece packs an entire harmonic universe into its furious pace. Benny Golson 's "Little Karen," is, by contrast, held in character: lithe, limpid, and fluid, it's the ultimate laid-back, midtempo ballad. That said, with the brass charts being notched up just enough, it's got the kind of finger-popping groove that makes it irresistible. The solo spot taken by Nelson is pure knotty bop. What is beautiful about this recording -- and every second of the music -- is that because of its brevity, there isn't a wasted moment.
It's all taut, packed with creativity and joy, and without excess or unnecessary decorative arrangement. Benny Golson's "Little Karen" is another slower number with a similarity to the title song only with the many types of horn sections intricately arranged in near perfect melodic unison.
For those who enjoy orchestrated big band type jazz with a strong twist of both swing and the Latin Jazz sound of the time,it would be hard pressed not to recommend this album. Its also the perfect full on acoustic jazz album that I would recommend for anyone who thinks they dislike jazz.
The melodies,as Miles Davis always paraphrased from his mothers own advice,always make you want to hum. The arrangements of the trumpets,reeds and French Horns are about as close to perfection as any human being could ask. That cannot be overstated enough. And the quality of all eight compositions is consistently strong from start to finish. Bob Thiele's masterful production of the session only makes Quincy's arrangements and compositions stand out even more than they already do.
Also for those of you out there only familiar with Quincy Jones' 70's to 80's era music,and who may be getting strongly into classic acoustic jazz,would be well advised to give this a listen as well.
This is Quincy at the prime of his musical powers-reaching the peak of musicality that continues to sustain him to this very day. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. I bought this after hearing the title track on Clare Teals Radio 2 jazz programme. Although recorded in ,it could have been recorded yesterday such is the timelessness of this music.
Superb musicianship,a treat for the ears and a reminder that Quincy Jones is a terrific bandleader. Report abuse. Love Quincy's arrangements. Sound quality is surprisingly crisp despite the vintage of the tracks. Love it! Report abuse Translate review to English. Registrato nel per l'etichetta "Impulse" il cd porta come titolo il brano scritto dallo stesso Quincy che firma anche "For Lena and Lennie",e insieme a Earnest Bailey "Hard sock dance". Translate review to English.
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United States The Quintessence. Showcase Buy Now. Featured Video. Shop Amazon. The Path Chien Chien Lu. Golden Daffodil Leslie Beukelman. Hard Bop Eric Binder. How Can We Wake?Hard Sock Dance. Buy track Album Description. The Quintessence is perhaps the most accurate title ever given to a Quincy Jones & His Orchestra recording. Issued in for Impulse!, this is the sound of the modern, progressive big band at its pinnacle. Recorded in three sessions, the core of the band consists of Melba Liston, Phil Woods.