Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Quincy Jones (vocals, trumpet, background vocals); Tom Bahler (vocals, trumpet, background vocals); Lalomie Washburn, Casey Cysik, James Ingram , Jim Gilstrap, Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Syreeta Wright , Yvonne Lewis (vocals, background vocals); Charles May (vocals); Toots Thielemans (guitar, harmonica); Steve Lukather (guitar); Robbie Buchanan (strings, electric piano, keyboards); Larry Williams , Ernie Watts, Kim Hutchcroft (flute, saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, horns); Chuck Findley (trumpet); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Herbie Hancock, David Foster (piano, electric piano); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano, synthesizer, hand claps); David "Hawk" Wolinski (Clavinet, keyboards); Stevie Wonder (keyboards, synthesizer); Ian Underwood, Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); John "J.R." Robinson (drums, hand claps); Lenny Castro (hand claps, percussion); Louis Johnson (hand claps); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Recording information: RKM Studios, Brussels, Belgium (1980-1981); Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA (1980-1981).
Arrangers: Jerry Hey; Johnny Mandel; Quincy Jones.
An enormous commercial success, 1981's THE DUDE is a cross-cultural success blending jazz, Latin music, soul ballads, and straight pop into an admittedly slick but never over-produced or soulless stew. The album opens with a surprise; "Ai No Corrida" is a synthesizer-driven yet still funky Latin dance track written by Chaz Jankel of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, suggesting that unlike a lot of musicians his age, Quincy Jones kept his ears open to new music.
The proto-rap title track accomplishes the same thing. The rest of the album is more conventional, with James Ingram and Patti Austin trading vocals on a smooth collection of tracks highlighted by the masterful love ballads "One Hundred Ways" and "Just Once," staples of adult-contemporary stations, and the haunting Stevie Wonder-penned instrumental "Velas." THE DUDE is an outstanding collection that was massively influential on the '80s R&B scene.