Personnel includes: Quincy Jones (arranger, conductor); Billy Eckstine (vocals); Toots Thielemans (whistling, harmonica); Jerome Richardson (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Zoot Sims, James Moody, Roland Kirk, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Clark Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Farmer (trumpet); Kai Winding, Bill Watrous (trombone); Julius Watkins (French horn); Bill Stanley (tuba); Les Spann (flute, guitar); Romeo Penque (clarinet); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Lalo Schifrin, Bobby Scott (piano); Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall (guitar); Milt Hinton (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Michael Olatunji, Tito Puente (percussion).
Producers: Hal Mooney, Quincy Jones, David Carroll, Jack Tracy.
Recorded between 1958 & 1964. Includes liner notes by Ted Panken.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Quincy Jones (trumpet, piano); Billy Eckstine (vocals); Toots Thielemans (whistling, harmonica); Les Spann (guitar, flute); Don Arnone, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Wayne Wright, Sam Herman (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, woodwinds, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon , Rolf Blomqvist (flute, tenor saxophone); Sahib Shihab (flute, baritone saxophone); Romeo Penque (clarinet); Walter Kane (reeds); Budd Johnson (woodwinds, tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (woodwinds); Frank Wess (saxophone, alto saxophone); Zoot Sims (saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Moody , Al Cohn, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Walter Levinsky (saxophone); Rolf Backman, Porter Kilbert, Joe L¢pez , Phil Woods, Arne Domn‚rus (alto saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Frank Foster , Bjarne Nerem (tenor saxophone); Rune Falk, Pat Patrick , Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Lennie Johnson, Ernie Royal, Richard Hurwitz, Sixten Ericksson, John Bello, Freddie Hubbard, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Arnold Johansson, Weine Renliden, Floyd Standifer, Bengt-Arne Wallin, Joe Newman , Joe Wilder, Lee Morgan, Art Farmer, Snooky Young, Benny Bailey, Jimmy Maxwell, Nick Travis, Jimmy Nottingham, John Frosk (trumpet); Paul Ingraham, Fred Klein, Robert "Brother Ah" Northern, Morris Secon, Julius Watkins, Willie Ruff, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (French horn); Paul Faulise (trombone, bass trombone); Curtis Fuller, Santo Russo, Frank Rehak, Tommy Mitchell , Georg Vernon, Andreas Skjold, Jimmy Cleveland, Kai Winding, Ake Persson, Al Grey, Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson, Urbie Green, Bill Watrous, Billy Byers, Britt Woodman (trombone); Jimmy McAllister, Bill Stanley (tuba); Patricia Brown, Lalo Schifrin , Bengt Hallberg, Bobby Scott (piano); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Egil "Bop" Johansen, Don Lamond, Grady Tate, Jimmy Crawford , Osie Johnson, Rudy Collins, Stu Martin, Ed Shaughnessy (drums); Bill Costa , Jose Paula, Jack Del Rio, James Johnson, Michael Olatunji, Tito Puente, George Devins, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Carlos Gom‚z (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Ted Panken.
Recording information: Barclay Studios, Paris, France (04/29/1958-09/15/1964); Basin Stree (04/29/1958-09/15/1964); Fine Recording Studio, New York, NY (04/29/1958-09/15/1964); Newport Jazz Festival, RI (04/29/1958-09/15/1964); Stockholm, Sweden (04/29/1958-09/15/1964).
Editor: Deborah Hay.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Role: Nichell Delvaille.
Quincy Jones is a master of many moods, from funky soul-jazz to sweet R&B to bubblegum pop. His entry in the Verve JAZZ ROUND MIDNIGHT series of soft jazz compilations is soulful, smooth jazz that maintains a placid, mellow mood without sacrificing invigoration or spirit. Mostly consisting of subtle rearrangements of jazz standards like "Moonglow," John Lewis's exquisite "Django," and a terrific four-part Ellington medley, the set focuses on Jones's remarkable production and arrangement skills.
Of the originals, "Soldier in the Rain," the theme from an extremely odd existentialist Army film with Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason, is the moody highlight. However, the two finest tracks are a loving version of the Swedish folk tune "Dear Old Stockholm" based on Miles Davis's interpretation, and an instrumental take on "The Midnight Sun Never Sets"--not the vocal rendition with Sarah Vaughan--that features a lovely Miles-like muted trumpet solo over Gil Evans-style strings.