Peggy Lee – Blues Cross Country (1962)

FrontCover1Blues Cross Country is a 1962 studio album by Peggy Lee, principally arranged by Quincy Jones, with some arrangements by Benny Carter. The album can be described as a concept album, consisting of a musical journey across the United States through swinging blues songs, many of which were written by Lee with other contributors.Blues Cross Country is a 1962 studio album by Peggy Lee, principally arranged by Quincy Jones, with some arrangements by Benny Carter. The album can be described as a concept album, consisting of a musical journey across the United States through swinging blues songs, many of which were written by Lee with other contributors.
Blues Cross Country was the second of Lee’s two albums featuring arrangements by Jones. He had also arranged her previous studio album, If You Go (1961). (by wikipedia)

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One of Peggy Lee’s most intriguing concept LPs of the ’50s and ’60s, Blues Cross Country teams her with the Quincy Jones Orchestra on a set of swinging blues set all over America, almost like a continental version of Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.” She balances standards like “Basin Street Blues,” “St. Louis Blues,” “I Left My Sugar (In Salt Lake City),” and “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” alongside collaborations with Jones on “Los Angeles Blues,” “New York City Blues,” and “The Train Blues.” (She is also the lyricist of four other songs PeggyLee02on the album.) Though Jones’ arrangements are often a touch brassier than the blues standards can handle, Lee contributes just the right blend of vigor and feeling to the songs. Blues Cross Country also includes her first waxing of the Leiber & Stoller song “Kansas City,” which looks forward to her successful performances of their “I’m a Woman,” “Is That All There Is?,” and the Mirrors album. At a little over half-an-hour, it is a brief LP, and the 1999 CD reissue has two additional tracks. From the same spring 1961 sessions that produced the album came Lee’s single recording of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh’s “Hey! Look Me Over,” the most popular song to emerge from the 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat, also arranged by Quincy Jones. Skipping ahead five years, there was another Lee single, “The Shining Sea,” which she wrote with Johnny Mandel, who also arranged it. Neither song fits in with the album’s concept, but they at least add more than four minutes to its running time. (by William Ruhlmann)

This not only a hot easy listening album, but a great album with Big Band music with a real hot voice … Peggy Lee at her best !

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Personnel:
Bob Bain (guitar)
Max Bennett (bass)
Hoyt Bohannon (trombone)
Aubrey Bouck (french horn)
Dennis Budimir (guitar)
Larry Bunker (percussion)
Pete Candolli (trumpet)
Benny Carter (saxophone, tuba)
Buddy Collette (saxophone)
Bob Cooper (woodwind)
Bob Fowler (trumpet)
Vern Friley (trombone)
Justin Gordon (saxophone)
Conrad Gozzo (trumpet)
Joe Graves (trumpet)
Bill Green (saxophone)
Chico Guerrero (percussion)
Bill Henshaw (rench horn)
Plas Johnson (saxophone)
Artie Kane (organ)
Harry Klee (woodwind)
Bobby Knight (trombone)
Peggy Lee (vocals)
Lou Levy (piano)
Stan Levey (drums)
Sinclair Lott (french horn)
Lew McCreary (trombone)
Dick Nash (trombone)
Jack Nimitz (saxophone)
Earl Palmer (drums)
Bill Perkins (saxophone)
John Pisano (guitar)
Al Porcino (trumpet)
Emil Richards (percussion)
George Roberts (trombone)
Howard Roberts (guitar)
Frank Rosolino (trombone)
Jimmy Rowles (piano)
Bud Shank (woodwind)
Jack Sheldon (trumpet)
Tommy Shepard (trombone)
Henry Sigismonti (french horn)
Frank Strazzeri (piano)
Toots Thielemans (guitar)
Ray Triscari (trumpet)

Arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones

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Tracklist:
01. Kansas City (Leiber/Stoller) – 2:29
02. Basin Street Blues (Williams) – 3:04
03. Los Angeles Blues (Lee/Jones) – 2:38
04. I Left My Sugar in Salt Lake City (Lange/ Rene) – 2:53
05. The Grain Belt Blues (Lee/Raskin/Schugler) – 1:52
06. York City Blues (Jones/Lee) 3:21
07. Goin’ to Chicago Blues (Basie/Rushing) – 2:37
08. San Francisco Blues (Lee/Raskin) – 2:37
09. Fisherman’s Wharf (Lee/Raskin) – 3:11
10. Boston Beans (Lee/Raskin/Schugler) 2:05
11. The Train Blues (Jones/Lee) 2:42
12. Saint Louis Blues (Handy) – 2:15
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13. Hey, Look Me Over! (Cy Coleman/Leigh) – 1:55
14. The Shining Sea (Lee/Mandel) – 2:45

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Quincy Jones – Plays (Songs) For Pussycats (1965)

FrontCover1An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television.

Released in 1965, Quincy Plays for Pussycats is a bright, cheeky big-band album done in a more commercial pop style than previous Quincy Jones albums. Nonetheless, there’s plenty to enjoy here. From the hipster reworking of the Tom Jones hit “What’s New Pussycat?” to the buoyant lounge music version of “The Hucklebuck,” this is swinging ’60s jazz for the martini set. (by Matt Collar)

What a line-up: Kenny Burrell  – Gary Burton  – Jim Hall – Thad Jones – Roland Kirk – Lalo Schifrin – Zoot Sims – Toots Thielemans !!!

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Personnel:
Patti Brown (piano)
Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Gary Burton (vibraphone)
Billy Byers (trombone)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Urbie Green (trombone)
Jim Hall (guitar)
Milt Hinton (bass)
Thad Jones (trumpet)
Roland Kirk (saxophone)
Melba Liston (trombone)
Oliver Nelson (saxophone)
Joe Newman (trumpet)
Jerome Richardson (saxophone, flute)
Ernie Royal (trumpet)
Lalo Schifrin (piano)
Zoot Sims (saxophone)
Toots Thielemans (harmonica)
Julius Watkins (flugelhorn)
Chris White (drums)
Kai Winding (trombone)
Phil Woods (saxophone)
Snooky Young (trumpet)

Arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones

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Tracklist:
01. What’s New Pussycat? (Bacharach/David) 2.45
02. A Taste Of Honey (Scott/Marlow) 2.37
03. Sermonette (Adderley) 2.51
04. A Walk In The Black Forest (Jankowski) 2.53
05. Mack The Knife (Weil) 2.34
06. Moon River (Mancini/Mercer) 2.34
07. Take Five (Desmond) 3.31
08. Gravy Waltz (Brown/Allen) 2.44
09. I Hear A Symphony (B.Holland/Dozier/E.Holland) 3.08
10. Mr. Lucky (Mancini/Livingston/Evans) 2.27
11. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (Guaraldi) 2.47

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Art Farmer & Quincy Jones – Last Night When We Were Young (1957)

LPFrontCover1Last Night When We Were Young is a studio album by trumpeter Art Farmer, with an orchestra of strings arranged and composed by Quincy Jones. It was recorded in two sessions in 1957.
The beauty of Art Farmer’s tone is well featured on this out of print ABC/Paramount album. Farmer is backed by a string orchestra arranged by Quincy Jones as he plays lyrical solos on eight standards and Dizzy Gillespie’s “Tangorine.” Farmer mostly sticks close to the melodies but he makes such tunes as “Two Sleepy People,” “Ill Wind,” and “When I Fall in Love” sound fresh and pretty. (by Scott Yanow)

This album be renamed “Art for Lovers”. It’s a change of pace from his bop orientated ’50s lps on prestige- and a welcomed one at that. I’m usually cautious of “horns and strings” albums but this one works because Quincy Jones keeps the arraingments tasteful without allowing the strings to become overwhelming. Art’s fans will not be disappointed because his trademark beautiful warm and fuzzy tone is on dislpay throughout the first nine tracks. Of lesser importance are the last four jazzy tracks recorded earlier in ’53 with some swedish allstars. (by John W.)

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Personnel:
Addison Farmer (bass)
Art Farmer (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Barry Galbraith (guitar)
Osie Johnson (drums)
Hank Jones (piano)

Arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones

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Tracklist:
01. Two Sleepy People (Carmichael/Loesser) 3.20
02. Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin) 3.34
03. I Concentrate On You (Porter) 2.51
04. I´ll Wind (Arlen/Koehler) 3.42
05. Last Night When We Were Young (Arlen/Harburg) 2.58
06. Out Of This World (Arlen/Mercer) 4.11
07. When I Fall in Love (Young/Heyman) 3.32
08. Tangerine (Schertzinger/Mercer) 2.46
09. What’s Good About Goodbye? (Arlen/Robin) 3.39
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10.  Pogo Stick (Jones) 6.17
11. Liza (Gershwin) 5.34
12. Jones Bones (Jones) 5.40
13. Sometimes I’m Happy (Caesar/Grey/Youmans) 5.52

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Quincy Jones – Gula Matari (1970)

FrontCover1With his second and last album under the Creed Taylor aegis, the complexities of Quincy Jones’ catholic, evolving tastes start to reveal themselves. We hear signs of his gradual gravitation toward pop right off the bat with the churchy R&B cover of Paul Simon’s mega-hit “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” dominated by Valerie Simpson’s florid soul vocal and a gospel choir. His roots fixation surfaces in the spell-like African groove of the title track, a dramatic tone poem that ebbs and flows masterfully over its 13-minute length. From this point on, it’s all jazz; the roaring big band comes back with a vengeance in “Walkin’,” where Milt Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, and other jazzers take fine solo turns, and things really get rocking on Nat Adderley’s “Hummin’.” Major Holley is a riot with his grumble-scat routine on bass. The whole record sounds like they must have had a ball recording it.(by Richard S. Ginell)

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Pepper Adams (saxophone)
Wayne Andre (trombone)
Danny Bank (saxophone)
Seymour Barab (cello)
Ray Brown (bass on 01., 03. + 04.)
Ron Carter (bass on 02.)
Richard Davis (bass on 02.)
Don Elliott (bass marimba on 02.)
Eric Gale (guitar)
Al Grey (trombone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Hilda Harris (vocals)
Major Holley (bass, vocals)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Marilyn Jackson (vocals)
Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
Bob James (piano)
Jimmy Johnson (percussion)
Hubert Laws (flute)
Barbara Massey (vocals)
Danny Moore (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Kermit Moore (cello)
Benny Powell (trombone)
Jerome Richardson (saxophone)
Ernie Royal (trumpet)
Bobby Scott (piano)
Lucien Schmit (cello)
Alan Shulman (cello)
Valerie Simpson (vocals)
Warren Smith (percussion)
Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Maretha Stewart (vocals)
Tony Studd (trombone)
Grady Tate (drums)
Toots Thielemans (guitar, whistle)
Gene Young (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones

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01. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon) 5.09
02. Gula Matari (Jones) 13.02
03. Walkin’ (Carpenter) 8.02
04. Hummin’ (Nat Adderley) 8.07

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When you’re weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind