Quincy Jones: Back on the Block (1989)

Q back on the blockBy Scott Goldfine

Venerable producer Quincy Jones finally follows up his 1981 Grammy-sweeping “The Dude” LP with “Back on the Block.” With a lineup that reads like a who’s who of black music, Jones weaves together an arresting blend of R&B, bebop and rap.

The funky title track and the rap-jazz fusion of “Birdland” top what is one of the year’s most consistent works. In another who’s who of contemporary music, guests include: Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald,Joe Zawinul, Sarah Vaughan, George BensonKool Moe DeeBig Daddy KaneHerbie HancockGeorge DukeSiedah GarrettTevin CampbellRay Charles, Chaka Khan and the Brothers Johnson

GRADE: B+

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