vinylThe wide ranging musical genius of the man known simply as 'Q' has encompassed much more than being the producer of iconic albums such as Michael Jackson's Thriller. Jones has seen major success and influence as a composer and an arranger of jazz, blues, gospel, soul and classical music for more than 60 years. The two albums presented here, 'The Quintessence' and 'Big Band Bossa Nova', showcase the superlative versatility, creativity and joy which Jones commanded when producing, composing and arranging music. Four additional tracks are included as bonuses. 1961's 'The Quintessence' features saxophonist Phil Woods and trumpeter Clark Terry, among others. A reviewer for AllMusic states: '…this is the sound of the modern, progressive big band at its pinnacle… there isn't a wasted moment. It's all taut, packed with creativity and joy, and without excess or unnecessary decorative arrangement. It doesn't get much better than this'. Terry and Woods also appear on 1962's 'Big Band Bossa Nova', along with pianist Lalo Schifrin, guitarist Jim Hall, and (on 'Soul Bossa Nova') the remarkable Rahsaan Roland Kirk. 'Soul Bossa Nova' which Jones has said he composed in 20 minutes, has been used in many film and TV soundtracks, perhaps most famously as the theme song for the Austin Powers movies. Big band jazz with a twist of swing and Latin, these albums present Quincy Jones at the prime of his musical powers. TRACKS: Side A: 1. The Quintessence 2. Robot Portrait 3. Little Karen 4. Straight No Chaser. Side B: 1. For Lena And Lennie 2. Hard Sock Dance 3. Invitation 4. The Twitch 5. Hot Sake (Bonus Track) 6. Baia (Bonus Track). Side C: 1. Soul Bossa Nova 2. Boogie Bossa Nova 3. Desafinado 4. Black Orpheus (Manhc De Carnaval ) 5. Se I Tarde Me Perdoa (Forgive Me If I'm Late). Side D: 1. On The Street Where You Live 2. Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba) 3. Lalo Bossa Nova 4. Serenata 5. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) 6. A Taste Of Honey (Bonus Track) 7. Shagnasty (Bonus Track).