As displays of sonic excitement made with specific audiences in mind, the two Quincy Jones albums included in this set are tremendously effective performances, brilliantly recorded.
Around the World was aimed at fans who like their quality big band music easy on the ear, for though there is some nice soloing by Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab and Benny Bailey, these are primarily lushly voiced atmospheric arrangements delivered by a brilliant, airy and swinging band.
I Dig Dancers was, as the title indicates, aimed at attracting dancers and securing an identity for the band as a dance organization. There is, therefore, a plenitude of tunes eminently suitable for tripping the light fantastic to a band with a full solid ensemble sound and relaxed, clever and swinging arrangements at tempos tailor-made for the ballroom. Packed with the cream of New Yorks jazz musicians, as a musical organization the band was top-flight. Whether catering for listeners or dancers, Quincy Jones would have it no other way.
01. Hot Sake (Jones) 2:56
02. Strike Up the Band (G.& I. Gershwin) 2:24
03. Africana (Jones) 3:05
04. Meadowlands (Jones) 3:06
05. Rico Vacilón (Ruiz) 2:12
06. Under Paris Skies (Giraud-Drejac-Gannon) 2:29
07. Mack the Knife (Weill-Bretch) 2:25
08. Manolete de España (Jones) 3:15
09. Baía (Barroso) 3:50
10. Come Back to Sorrento (De Curtis) 2:25
11. Swedish Warmland (Dear Old Stockholm) (Traditional) 3:56
12. Pleasingly Plump (Jones) 2:15
13. G'wan Train (Bown) 6:18
14. Moonglow (Hudson-DeLange-Mills) 2:45
15. Tone Poem (Liston) 3:37
16. You Turned the Tables On Me (Alter-Mitchell) 2:28
17. Chinese Checkers (Glover) 2:39
18. Love Is Here to Stay (G.& I. Gershwin) 3:09
19. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set (Jones-Salvador-Cochran) 4:31
20. Trouble on My Mind (Noble) 2:28
21. A Sunday Kind of Love (Prima-Bell-Leonard-Rhodes) 2:30
22. Blues from Free and Easy (Arlen-mercer) 1:57 (*) Bonus Track
23. Close Your Eyes (Petkere) 2:04 (*) Bonus Track
24. Parisian Thoroughfare (Powell) 3:47 (*) Bonus Track
Tracks #1-11, from the Mercury album "Around the World" (SR69014)
Tracks #12-21, from the Mercury album "I Dig Dancers" (SR60612)
Tracks #22-24 does not appear on the original LP configuration.
Personnel on "Around the World":
QUINCY JONES and His Orchestra
Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal (tp); Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston, Wayne Andre, Quentin Jackson (tb); Jay McAlister (tuba); Julius Watkins (frh); Phil Woods, Porter Kilbert (as); Jerome Richardson (ts,cl,fl); Eric Dixon (ts,b-cl,fl); Sahib Shihab (bs,fl); Don Elliott (xylophone); Patti Bown (p); Don Arnone (g); Buddy Catlett (b); Stu Martin & Jimmy Crawford (d,perc); Tito Puente (vib,timb); Carlos 'Patato' Valdés (tumb, guiro); Michael Olatunji (bongos, vcl). Arrangements by Quincy Jones, except #5 by Tito Puente.
Recorded at Fine Recording Studios, New York City,
January 24, February 21, 23 & 27, 1961.
Personnel on "I Dig Dancers":
QUINCY JONES and His Orchestra
Tracks #14 & 17-24: Benny Bailey, Clark Terry or Roger Guerin (#19,20,21 & 24), Lennie Johnson, Floyd Standifer (tp); Julius Watkins (frh,tp); Jimmy Cleveland, Ake Persson, Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson (tb); Phil Woods, Porter Kilbert, Joe Lopes (as); Jerome Richardson (cl,ts); Budd Johnson (ts); Sahib Shihab (bs); Patti Bown (p); Les Spann (g,fl); Buddy Catlett (b); Joe Harris (d).
Tracks #12-13,15,16: Benny Bailey, Clyde Raesinger, Freddie Hubbard, Jerry Kail (tp); Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Andre (tb); Phil Woods, Joe Lopes (as); Jerome Richardson (cl,ts); Oliver Nelson (ts); Sahib Shihab (bs); Patti Bown (p); Les Spann (g,fl); Buddy Catlett (b); Stu Martin (d).
Arrangements by Quincy Jones.
Recorded at Barclays Hoche Studio, Paris, on
February 27 & 29, and April 21 (#19,20,21 & 24), 1960
Recordngs supervised by Hal Mooney.
Recordings engineers: Bob Fine (#1-11), Gerhard Lehner (#14,17-24), Bill MacMeekin (#12-13,15,16).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol.
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered