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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Sadly I do not own one of Quincy's scores and I can't recall one of his themes or music... I saw him sitting between all the other composers (bernstein, goldsmith, zimmer, williams,...) on that two page photograph featuring composers and my first thought was 'What the hell is Quincy Jones doing there?'.

I knew he was a song writer but I had little knowledge of his film scoring.

To which composer would you compare his style of composing?

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Now there's another monumental Mona Lisa cosmic question for the musical ages, Scores. We suspect even his own esteemed self

would be gobsmacked in coming up with anything approaching an authoritative answer. His range - as befits the demanding discipline all composers of film face - necessitated a wide variety of both approaches and rich results (varying, of course, with whatever projects he happened to be engaged upon).

We avoid comparing him to anyone else's evolved style as it'd do those in comparison as well as him a severe disservice.

Others might be able to offer a more helpful and enlightened spin on this angle (and if they can, the invitation's always open to please do so) but all we'll say is, like every other composer,

Quincy was (and is) his own utterly unique unicorn ... wink

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   larry bender   (Member)

Would love to have IN COLD BLOOD soundtrack.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

I really can't say, I never watched the series...

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Do yourselves a favor and rent the embarrassingly dated 1971 film "Honky," with a score by Q. What a time capsule. Every line in the movie will draw a chuckle.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Would love to see some more of Quincy's OST released.


 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

I agree, Quincy was great. Actually, I like just about everything by Stu Phillips.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Quincy was (and is) his own utterly unique unicorn ... wink

Ok, that is a trademark worth exploring his music. I'll try to find some of his movies to get an idea. There are good recommendations in this thread allready.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Jones as Schifrin was the king of the early Street Seventies.

Jones' finest ever:


 Posted:   Jan 13, 2008 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

Another essential

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2008 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)


What a fantastic soundtrack especially the opening credits theme. The first time I heard that theme it stuck with me and, to this day, I still find myself whistling it from time to time.

 Posted:   Jan 15, 2008 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Quincy Jones has distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer, and a record label executive, and outside of music, he's also written books, produced major motion pictures, and helped create television series. In 1963, Jones began exploring what would become a fruitful medium for him when he composed his first film score for Sidney Lumet's controversial drama The Pawnbroker; he would go on to write music for thirty-three feature films. Quincy's has during his career been awarded no less than 26 Grammy Awards.

Just picked up The Pawnbroker/The Deadly Affair had been thinking about getting it for a long time, should have bought it long ago Great. smile

Wonder has Lukas ever tried to track down some off Quincy’s Scores or does Mr Jones have them locked up in his Vaults.

 Posted:   Jan 18, 2008 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

FYI Department:

There's a 40th anniversary DVD edition of

recently released with a number of commentaries included (tho, alas, none from the
ever-and always elusive Mr. Poitier) but it does include a discussion about
Quincy's qualitative contribution to what made that film stand out so memorably ...

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2008 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

There were also instances where the always-flexible Mr. Jones took an inspired page from Henry Mancini's

musical book and released re-recorded albums based more on the themes than the actual tracks themselves, such as

and our favorite, the deft and delightful

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

And many the world over do. As others on the adjoining thread have optimistically offered, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... smile

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

There were also instances where the always-flexible Mr. Jones took an inspired page from Henry Mancini's

musical book and released re-recorded albums based more on the themes than the actual tracks themselves.

I remember there was this cool LP I bought at the same time I collected those great Quincy Jones scores which was a tribute album to Mancini. Some complained it was too "out there" but I thought it was the most innovative interpretations of his work ever! And was one of the few places you could get SOLDIER IN THE RAIN.

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)


You inspired us to do some checkin' around, Maestro. Is this it?

Now all we gotta do is TRACK it down somehow ... wink

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

That's it! That's it! They should put it on CD paired with another Mercury Quincy Jones LP like they do his jazz albums. Thanks!

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

...and I found samples!

 Posted:   Jan 6, 2009 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

As Part of Yer Noo Yeer's Resolution, May We Suggest Arranging wink an Essential Musical Introduction Department:


And as a delightful change of pace, we wanna spotlight

Ala The Elfman's

it's a thoroughly delightful departure from the composer's usual palette - satirical, witty, humorous, fulla infectious energy and altogether memorable.

Not unlike the dashing dude himself... smile

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