The Razor & Tie collection Pure Delight focuses on the Quincy Jones' Orchestra as one of the quintessential post-modern big bands, comfortable in any musical setting, location, or format, and including a retinue of excellent players with no regard for race, gender or nationality. Culling most of its tracks from Jones' solid -- yet still long out of print -- albums for Mercury of the early '60s (The Birth of a Band, Jazz Abroad, I Dig Dancers, Big Band Bossa Nova), the collection hits many highpoints with dozens of top-flight guests. Several of the best include a 1959 version of "I Remember Clifford" with Clark Terry on flugelhorn; "Tickle Toe" (from the same session) with Terry, Zoot Sims, and Joe Newman; "Comin' Home Baby" from 1963 with Terry, Burrell, and Roland Kirk; and last but not least "I Had a Ball" from 1964 with a truly killer lineup: Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, James Moody, Roland Kirk, and Art Blakey. In all, Pure Delight compiles some of the most elegantly swinging selections of Quincy Jones' entire career.
AllMusic Review by John Bush
feat: Quincy Jones