This Is How I Feel About Jazz

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This Is How I Feel About Jazz
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Studio album by Quincy Jones
Released February 1957,[1] CD: 1992
Recorded September 14, 19 and 29, 1956
Beltone Recording Studios, New York
February 25, 1957 Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 36:32

ABC-Paramount ABC 149

CD: Impulse! / GRP GRD-115
Producer Creed Taylor
Quincy Jones (CD bonus tracks)
Quincy Jones chronology
Jazz Abroad
(1955)Jazz Abroad1955
This Is How I Feel About Jazz
Go West, Man!
(1957)Go West, Man!1957
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Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

This Is How I Feel About Jazz is the 1957 debut album by jazz musician Quincy Jones.[3] It presents Jones as arranger and conductor of three different recording sessions during September 1956, each with a different line-up, from a nonet to a 15-part big band, that featured musicians like Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lucky Thompson, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Milt Jackson, and also – although recorded in New York – West Coast musicians like Art Pepper, Zoot Sims and Herbie Mann. The bonus tracks on the CD release confirm the influence of West Coast jazz with compositions by Jimmy Giuffre, Lennie Niehaus and Charlie Mariano. The album was originally produced by Creed Taylor and released on ABC-Paramount. The digital reissue on CD in 1992 was repackaged as an Impulse! Records release, ABCs sub-label for contemporary jazz established by Taylor four years after these sessions took place (The Impulse version has a similar cover to the original, shown here, but with the addition of the famous impulse! logo.)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walkin'" (Richard Carpenter) – 10:47
  2. "Stockholm Sweetnin'" (Quincy Jones) – 5:41
  3. "Evening in Paris" (Jones) – 4:09
  4. "Sermonette" (Adderley, Hendricks) – 5:58
  5. "A Sleepin' Bee" (Arlen, Capote) – 4:42
  6. "Boo's Blues" (Jones) – 5:15

Additional tracks on 1992 CD release

  1. "Dancin' Pants" (Jimmy Giuffre) – 3:47
  2. "Be My Guest" (Lennie Niehaus) – 4:26
  3. "Kings Road Blues" (Niehaus) – 5:03
  4. "Bright Moon" (Giuffre) – 5:17
  5. "The Oom Is Blues" (Charlie Mariano) – 5:07
  6. "Ballad Medley" – 6:17
  1. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
  2. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine)
  3. "Time on My Hands" (Harold Adamson, Mack Gordon, Vincent Youmans)
  4. "You Go to My Head" (Haven Gillespie, Fred Coots)
  5. "Laura" (David Raskin)

Recorded in New York on September 29 (1, 2), September 14 (3, 4) and September 19, 1956 (5, 6). Additional tracks 7–12 on the CD release were recorded in Los Angeles on February 25, 1957, and originally released on Go West, Man! (ABC 186, 1957). (Not included here were the tracks "Blues Day", "No Bones at All" and "London Derriere".)


Tracks 1-2, session from September 29, 1956

Tracks 3-4, session from September 14, 1956

Tracks 5-6, session from September 19, 1956

  • Art Farmer - trumpet
  • Jimmy Cleveland - trombone
  • Herbie Mann - flute
  • Phil Woods - alto saxophone
  • Lucky Thompson - tenor saxophone
  • Jack Nimitz - baritone sax
  • Billy Taylor - piano
  • Charles Mingus - bass
  • Charlie Persip - drums

Added tracks 7–12, session from February 25, 1957


  • The original album tracks were recorded by Irv Greenbaum at Beltone Recording Studios, NYC.
  • Originally produced by Creed Taylor
  • Added tracks from the album Go West, Man! were originally recorded by John Kraus and produced by Quincy Jones.
  • Digital remastering by Erick Labson
  • Reissue post-production – Adam Zelinka, Joseph Doughney, Michael Landy
  • Reissue Producer – Michael Cuscuna
  • Executive Producers – Dave Grusin, Larry Rosen