The Quintessence

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The Quintessence
Studio album by Quincy Jones
Released 1962
Recorded November 29,
December 18 and 22, 1961
Capitol Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 30:58
Label Impulse!
A-11
Producer Bob Thiele
Quincy Jones chronology
The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones: Live! (1961) The Quintessence (1962) Big Band Bossa Nova (1962)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4/5 stars[1]

The Quintessence is an album recorded by Quincy Jones and his orchestra. It was released in 1962 and was his only recording for the Impulse! Records label. It has been called "the sound of the modern, progressive big band at its pinnacle."[2]

The band heard here was a outgrowth of the orchestra used in the Free and Easy Broadway show and featured some of the same personnel that Jones assembled in New York for the show's initial European dates.[3]

Contributors[edit]

The core band consists of Phil Woods, Melba Liston, Julius Watkins, and bassist Milt Hinton and pianist Patricia Bown on two sessions, with bassist Buddy Catlett and pianist Bobby Scott on another. The trumpet chairs are held alternately by players like Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, and Snooky Young. Oliver Nelson, Frank Wess and Curtis Fuller also contributed.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. The Quintessence (Quincy Jones) - 4:21
  2. Robot Portrait (Billy Byers) - 5:25
  3. Little Karen (Benny Golson) - 3:44
  4. Straight, No Chaser (Thelonious Monk) - 2:26
  5. For Lena and Lennie (Jones) - 4:17
  6. Hard Sock Dance (Jones) - 3:20
  7. Invitation (Bronisław Kaper, Paul Francis Webster) - 3:35
  8. The Twitch (Byers) - 3:50

Tracks 5, 8 recorded on November 29, 1961; #2-3, 6 on December 18; 1, 4, 7 on December 22, 1961.

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1, 4, 7

Tracks 2, 3, 6

  • Eric Dixon, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Oliver Nelson - saxophone
  • Freddie Hubbard, Al Delrisi, Snooky Young, Thad Jones - trumpet
  • Melba Liston, Paul Faulise, Rodney Levitt - trombone
  • Julias Watkins - French horn
  • Patricia Bown - piano
  • Milt Hinton - bass
  • Bill English - drums

Tracks 5, 8

  • Phil Woods, Eric Dixon, Jerome Richardson - saxophone
  • Jerome Kail, Clyde Reasinger, Clark Terry, Joe Newman - trumpet
  • Billy Byers, Paul Faulise, Melba Liston - trombone
  • Julias Watkins - French horn
  • Bobby Scott - piano
  • George Catlett - bass
  • Stu Martin - drums

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