Quincy Jones

The Complete Recordings: 1960-1962

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Box sets like this reflect what is almost incomprehensible in the 21st century: that headline musicians could be, if they wised as recording artists. They could cut and albums have multiple albums released in a year on well known labels, and distributed to the masses. This four disc box that covers three years in Quincy Jones' long career contains a total of nine albums. Seven of these titles are listed under his own name--I Dig Dancers, Around The World, QJ at Newport, The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones, the classic Quintessence (one of two offerings not on Mercury here; it was released on Impluse!), and Bossa Nova. Another is the collaborative album Basin Street, recorded with Billy Eckstine. Also included is the hard to find original score for for Arne Sucksdorff's film, Pojken i trädet (trans: the Boy In The Tree), and lastly, Sarah Vaughan's You're Mine You--which he arranged and conducted (it was issued by Roulette). These discs contain nearly five hours of music--285 minutes to be exact--and reflect a hell of a quality run in Jones' catalogue. While the Enlightenment label is not exactly renowned for is quality reissues, the price is right and the sound--mono--is more than acceptable.

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