Personnel includes: Quincy Jones (conductor); Jerome Richardson (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute, alto flute, woodwinds); Phil Woods (alto saxophone, reeds); Paul Quinichette, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman, Clark Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Snooky Young, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Quentin Jackson, Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Watrous (trombone); Roland Kirk (flute); Lalo Schifrin (piano); Bobby Scott (organ); Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Milt Hinton, Major Holley, Bob Cranshaw (bass); Sam Woodyard, Osie Johnson, Grady Tate, Elvin Jones (drums); Ray Barretto (bongos).
Producer: Quincy Jones.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1959 and 1965. Includes liner notes by Billy Vera.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Talkin' Verve series.
Personnel: Arthur Knight, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Rene Hall (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto flute, reeds, woodwinds, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute, reeds); Phil Woods (reeds, alto saxophone); Sheldon Powell, George Berg, Romeo Penque (reeds); Zoot Sims (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Frank Foster, Paul Gonsalves, Plas Johnson , Sam "The Man" Taylor , Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Jewell L. Grant, Sahib Shihab, Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Richard Hurwitz, John Bello, Freddie Hubbard, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Joe Newman , Snooky Young, Jimmy Maxwell, John Frosk, Bobby Bryant (trumpet); Morris Secon, Julius Watkins, James Buffington (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Al Grey, Tom Mitchell , Urbie Green, Bill Watrous, Billy Byers, Paul Faulise (trombone); Dick Hixson, Kenny Shroyer (bass trombone); Michel Rubini, Ray Charles, Bobby Scott (piano, organ); Lalo Schifrin , Patti Bown (piano); Elvin Jones, Grady Tate, Osie Johnson, Rudy Collins, Sam Woodyard (drums); Ray Barretto (bongos, percussion); Jose Paula, Jack Del Rio, Jimmy Crawford , Gary Coleman, Ed Shaughnessy, Carlos Gom‚z (percussion).
Recording information: 03/09/1959-12/22/1965.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Arrangers: Quincy Jones; Bob Florence; Bobby Scott.
The Talkin' Verve series was a huge set of recordings by individuals who had recorded for the label and were responsible for the funky, jazzy lounge music that was so revered again in the '90s, as well as the pioneers of the soul-jazz movement of the '60s. This volume, with Quincy Jones leading a big band, has all the elements of cool, sophisticated swagger, but liner note author Billy Vera has it all wrong when he claims that these were the blues without the edges. Nonsense. Check the cats who played in these bands: Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roland Kirk, Paul Gonsalves, Budd Johnson, Grady Tate, Ray Barretto, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Charles, Urbie Green, and more, In other words, this is some hard swingin', brass blasting, rhythm driven soul-jazz on a big-band budget and these cats sweat. Whether it's on the "Soul Bossa Nova" that's most known from the Austin Powers soundtrack, or Lamont Dozier's "Somethin' About You," or "Hang on Sloopy," with its Latin retro-fit, or Charles Mingus' "Boogie Stop Shuffle," or Dallas Frazier's "Mohair Sam," it's all gutbucket though ultra-sophisticated in terms of the charts Jones wrote. His career with Verve was a stellar one and these 16 cuts prove it. ~ Thom Jurek