1973
Label: Impulse! - AS-11 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Hard Bop, Big Band
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Issued in for Impulse! Despite its brevity -- a scant 31 minutes -- The Quintessence is essential to any appreciation of Jones and his artistry. The deep swing and blues in his originals such as the title track, "Robot Portrait," and "For Lena and Lennie" create staggering blends.

They are beautifully warm, with edges rounded, but the brass section is still taut and punchy. The reeds cool the heat enough to give the rhythmic dialogue in these tunes its inherent strolling swing.

Elsewhere, on Thelonious Monk 's "Straight, No Chaser," the time is speeded up to nearly dizzying intensity, and it's played like a big band popping bebop with incredible counterpointed double solos happening between trombone, muted Brian Culbertson - XII, and Brown 's piano. Though only in length, the piece packs an entire harmonic universe into its furious pace. Benny Golson 's "Little Karen," is, by contrast, held in character: lithe, limpid, and fluid, it's the ultimate laid-back, midtempo ballad.

That said, with the brass charts being notched up just enough, it's got the kind of finger-popping groove that makes it irresistible. The solo spot taken by Nelson is pure knotty bop.

What is beautiful about this recording -- and every second of the music -- Quintessence - Quincy Jones And His Orchestra - The Quintessence that Quintessence - Quincy Jones And His Orchestra - The Quintessence of its brevity, there isn't a wasted moment. It's all taut, packed with creativity and joy, and without excess or unnecessary decorative arrangement.

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