Q's Jook Joint

Quincy Jones

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Q's Jook Joint Review

by Ron Wynn

The multi-talented Quincy Jones has excelled at idiomatic combinations in his albums since the '60s, when his mix-and-match soundtracks for television and films alerted everyone that he'd switched from a pure jazz mode to a populist trend. Q's Jook Joint blends the latest in hip-hop-flavored productions with sleek urban ballads, vintage standards, and derivative pieces; everything's superbly crafted, though few songs are as exciting in their performance or daring in their conception as past Jones epics like Gula Matari or the score from Roots. Still, you can't fault Jones for his choice of musical collaborators: everyone from newcomer Tamia to longtime stars like Ray Charles, rappers, instrumentalists, male and female vocalists, percussionists, and toasters. The CD really conveys the seamless quality one gets from attending a juke joint, though it lacks the dirt-floor grit or blues fervor of traditional Southern and chitlin circuit hangouts. But no one's more knowledgeable about the spectrum of African-American music, nor better able to communicate it via disc, than Quincy Jones.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Quincy Jones feat: Brandy / Kid Capri / Funkmaster Flex / James Moody / Stevie Wonder / Lester Young 01:32 SpotifyAmazon
2 Quincy Jones feat: Bono / Ray Charles / Stevie Wonder 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
3 Quincy Jones feat: Queen Latifah / Charlie Wilson 07:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 Quincy Jones feat: Tamia 06:13 SpotifyAmazon
5 Quincy Jones feat: Brandy / Heavy D 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
6 Quincy Jones feat: Take 6 / Rachelle Ferrell / Brian McKnight / James Moody 04:18
7 Quincy Jones feat: Everett Bradley / Coolio / Luke Cresswell / Melle Mel / Fiona Wilkes 06:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 Quincy Jones feat: Ray Charles / Funkmaster Flex 00:56
9 Quincy Jones feat: Phil Collins 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
10 Quincy Jones feat: Gloria Estefan / Warren Wiebe 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
11 Quincy Jones feat: Aaron Hall / Ronald Isley / R. Kelly / Charlie Wilson 05:26 SpotifyAmazon
12 Quincy Jones feat: Brandy / Ray Charles / Chaka Khan / Ashford & Simpson / Charlie Wilson 05:45 SpotifyAmazon
13 Quincy Jones feat: Babyface / SWV / Barry White 07:30 SpotifyAmazon
14 Quincy Jones feat: Toots Thielemans / Barry White 07:42 SpotifyAmazon
15 Quincy Jones feat: Tamia / Toots Thielemans / Barry White 00:49 SpotifyAmazon
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