The weekly slice of black gold
Quincy Jones and his heavyweight Jazz Superstars

Quincy Jones – Smackwater Jack

Quincy, how many heavyweight Jazz Superstars will play on your new album?‘ ‚Yes.‘ One would have to check if this is true for every album of Mr. Jones: To engage the absolute upper class of musicians at that time to refine even the smallest solo in the backmost arrangement corner and thus to make a jewel out of every song. Absolute madness! And at the same time the vibe is so light-footed and entertaining that one can only guess at the work behind it if one pays very close attention.


The grumblers will notice that this is not pure Jazz – a lot of crossover between funk, soul and popular TV themes. It doesn’t matter: When Hubert Laws, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Grady Tate and the countless others jam under the direction of an inspiring genius, it’s just insanely good music. Period.


Stefan Mohr

Join our Community