Body Heat

Body Heat

by Quincy JonesQuincy Jones


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At the time, Body Heat was a breathtaking leap for Quincy Jones, right into the very heart of mainstream commercial soul -- and it turned out to be very lucrative, rising to number six on the pop album charts. Jazz per se has been left far behind but the same musical sensibility, the same brilliant production skills, and the same knack for what will appeal to a wider audience are still at work, and the result is a surprisingly pleasing album. Amazingly, Jones still draws a constellation of jazz stars into his studio bands (Herbie Hancock, Frank Rosolino, Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Grady Tate, Bob James), plus soul names like Billy Preston, Bernard Purdie and the soon-to-be-ubiquitous guitarist Wah Wah Watson. The emphasis, though, is first on the honeyed soul vocals from a variety of newcomers, and second on the funky grooves laced with the buzz of now-prized analogue synthesizers and wah-wah guitars. There is one reminder of Jones' big-band days, a busy electronic retro-fitting of his classic chart of Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty," where one can hear Laws blow at some length. Otherwise, to paraphrase Jones himself, if you check your jazz boots at the door, you might enjoy this.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021319127
catalogNumber: 3191
Rank: 40513

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quincy Jones   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Jarreau   Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Minnie Riperton   Vocals
Pete Christlieb   Horn
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Bob James   Electric Piano
Hubert Laws   Horn
Jerome Richardson   Horn
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Grady Tate   Drums
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Arthur Adams   Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Tom Bahler   Vocals
Max Bennett   Bass
Malcolm Cecil   Synthesizer
Dave Grusin   Synthesizer,Drums,Electric Piano
Melvin Dunlap   Bass
Chuck Findley   Horn
Bruce Fisher   Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Joseph Greene   Vocals
Benard Ighner   Vocals
Jesse Kirkland   Vocals
Robert Margouleff   Synthesizer
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
Mike Melvoin   Synthesizer
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Frank Rosolino   Horn
Clifford Solomon   Horn
Richard Tee   Electric Piano
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Carolyn Willis   Vocals
Leon Ware   Vocals

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ray Brown   Producer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Benard Ighner   Composer
Phil (Boogie) Schier   Engineer
Tom Babler   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Stan Richardson   Composer

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