In a very special Exchange, we catch up with an American music legend.
Legendary composer, producer and bandleader Quincy Jones may not have much to do with dance music in a literal context, but his fingerprints are all over it. The impact that his work has had on countless DJs and producers over the years hardly needs explaining. So when we were offered the chance to chat with Jones around a promotional tour for his brand new line of AKG headphones, we couldn't resist.
In a brief conversation, RA Todd L. Burns took the opportunity to ignore the elephants in the room, and focused his sights on a broader view of the man's career, uncovering some interesting insights as to how Jones views his work as painting with sound and how his classical training helped him make conservatory musicians play funk. You won't hear the words Michael and/or Jackson in this week's RA Exchange, but you will hear an American music legend talk a bit more about some of the parts of his career that simply don't get covered elsewhere.
Photo credit: Paul Clement
Quincy Jones - Stuff Like That
Frank Sinatra - The Man in the Looking Glass
Ray Charles - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Charlie Parker - Relaxin' at Camarillo
Quincy Jones - Theme from the Pawnbroker
Quincy Jones - Body Heat
The Quincy Jones Big Band - Soul
Lionel Hampton - Voice of the North
Maurice Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe IV: Danse Legere et Gracieuse de Daphnis
Quincy Jones - Boogie Joe the Grinder
Quincy Jones - For Lena and Lennie