Quincy Jones’s “Back on the Block”

Quincy Jones’s “Back on the Block” is a studio album released on August 8, 1989 and featuring many famous artists : Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Ray Charles and more.

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Track listing : 1.Prologue (2Q’s Rap) (Big Daddy Kane, Quincy Jones) – 01:04 . 2.Back on the Block (Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett, Caiphus Semenya, Ice-T, Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee) – 06:34 . 3.I Don’t Go for That (Ian Prince) – 05:11 . 4.I’ll Be Good to You (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Sonora Sam) – 04:54 . 5.The Verb To Be (Introduction to Wee B. Dooinit) (Mervyn Warren) – 00:29 . 6.Wee B. Dooinit (Acapella Party by the Human Bean Band) (Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett, Ian Prince) – 03:34 . 7.The Places You Find Love (Glen Ballard, Clif Magness, Caiphus Semenya) – 06:25 . 8.Jazz Corner of the World (Introduction to “Birdland”) (Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee) – 02:54 . 9.Birdland (Joe Zawinul) – 05:33 . 10.Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) (Ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta) – 05:05 . 11.One Man Woman (Siedah Garrett, Ian Prince, Harriet Roberts) – 03:44 . 12.Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me) (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Siedah Garrett,) – 04:46 . 13.Prelude to the Garden (Jorge Calandrelli) – 00:54 . 14.The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) (Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett, El DeBarge) – 06:41 .

Musicians : Al B. Sure! – Vocals (Background) . Al Jarreau – Vocals . Alex Harris – Vocals (Background) . Alfie Silas – Vocals (Background) . Alvin Chea – Vocals . Andraé Crouch – Choir Conductor, Vocals (Background) . Barry White – Vocals . Big Daddy Kane – Rap, Vocals . Bill Summers – African Percussion, Hinedewho, Percussion . Bobby McFerrin – Bass,Percussion, Vocals, Yodeling . Bruce Swedien – Drums, Drums (Snare) . Caiphus Semenya – Conductor, Vocals (Background) . Cedric Dent – Vocals . Chad Durio – Vocals (Background) . Chaka Khan – Vocals . Charity Young – Vocals (Background) . Children’s Choir – Vocals (Background) . Claude McKnight – Vocals . Clif Magness – Vocals (Background) . David Paich – Keyboards, Synthesizer Pads . David Thomas – Vocals . Derrick Schoefield – Vocals (Background) . Dionne Warwick – Vocals (Background) . Dizzy Gillespie – Trumpet . Donovan McCrary – Vocals (Background) . Edie Lehmann – Vocals (Background) . El DeBarge – Vocals (Background) . Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Gary Grant – Trumpet . Geary Faggett – Vocals . Geary Lanier Foggett – Vocals (Background) . George Benson – Guitar, Vocals . George Duke – Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Soloist . George Johnson – Guitar, Vocals (Background) . Gerald Albright – Sax (Alto), Vocals . Glen Ballard – Rhythm Arrangements . Grandmaster Melle Mel – Rap . Greg Phillinganes – Fender Rhodes, Keyboards . Harvey Mason, Sr. – Drums . Herbie Hancock – Keyboards, Synthesizer Pads . Howard Hewett – Vocals (Background) . Howard McCrary – Vocals (Background) . Ian Prince – Keyboards, Vocals (Background), Vocoder . Ian Underwood – Handclapping, Synthesizer, . Ice-T – Rap . J.C. Gomez – African Percussion, Percussion . Jackie Gouche – Vocals (Background) . James Ingram – Vocals (Background) . James Moody – Sax (Alto), Saxophone, Soloist . Jania Foxworth – Vocals (Background) . Jean Johnson McRath – Vocals (Background) . Jennifer Holliday – Vocals (Background) . Jerry Hey – Keyboards, Trumpet . Jesse Jackson – Narrator . Jim Gilstrap – Vocals (Background) . Joe Zawinul – Vocals . John “4 Daddman” Robinson – Drums . John “J.R.” Robinson – Drums . Jorge Calandrelli – Synthesizer String Arrangement . Ken Ford – Vocals (Background) . Kool Moe Dee – Rap, Vocals . Larry E. Williams – Keyboards, Saxophone . Larry Williams – Keyboards, Saxophone, Synthesizer . Louis Johnson – Bass, Vocals (Background) . Luther Vandross – Vocals (Background) . Mark Kibble – Vocals . Maxi Anderson – Vocals (Background) . McKinley Brown – Vocals (Background) . Mervyn Warren – Spoken Word, Vocals . Michael Boddicker – Drum Programming, Synthesizer . Michael Landau – Guitar . Michael Young – Synthesizer . Miles Davis – Trumpet, Vocals . Nadirah Ali – Vocals (Background) . Nathan East – Bass . Neil Stubenhaus – Bass . Ollie E. Brown – Percussion . Pattie Howard – Vocals (Background) . Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Peggi Blu – Vocals (Background) . Perry Morgan – Vocals (Background) . Phil Perry – Vocals (Background) . QDIII – Drum Programming, Vocals . Randy Kerber – Keyboards, Synthesizer . Randy Lukather – Guitar . Ray Charles – Vocals . Reggie Green – Vocals (Background) . Rhett Lawrence – Synthesizer . Rod Temperton – Clapping, Drum Programming . Rose Banks – Choir Director, Vocals (Background) . Sandra Crouch – Vocals (Background) . Sarah Vaughan – Vocals . Shane Shoaf – Vocals (Background) . Sheila E. – Timbales . Siedah Garrett – Choir Director, Vocals (Background) . Steve Lukather – Guitar . Steve Porcaro – Synthesizer . Syreeta Wright – Vocals (Background) . Take 6 – Vocals (Background) . Tammie Gibson – Vocals (Background) . Tevin Campbell – Vocals . Tiffany Johnson – Vocals (Background) . Tyren Perry – Vocals (Background) . Voncielle Faggett – Vocals (Background) . William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. – Trombone .

Production Produced by Quincy Jones . Bruce Swedien – Engineer, Mixing, Special Effects . Kevin Becka – Engineer . Dana Jon Chappelle – Engineer . Don Cobb – Engineer . Bernie Kirsh – Engineer . Brad Sundberg – Engineer, Technical Directo . Rail Jon Rogut – Assistant Engineer . Gavin Lurssen – Mastering .

Packaging : Matthew Rolston – Photography . Jeri Heiden – Art Direction . Margo Chase – Design . Lan Disparte – Design .

Recorded 1988 at Oceanway Record One Lighthouse Studios Westlake Audio (Los Angeles, California), Digital Recorders (Nashville, Tennessee), Tarpan Studios (San Rafael, California) .

Released on August 8, 1989 by Qwest.

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Robert Christgau
Q’s ecumenicism stands as a beacon to the narrow-minded. Jazz, pop, rap, schlock, anonymous divas he’s got a piece of, choruses going doo-doo-doo–they’re all black music to him. […]

Helium
So you’re at a stage in your career when you think, ‘I’d like to make an album with some of the people I’ve worked with over the years’. You pick up the phone and start ringing a few old friends……. Sounds like fun? Yes it would be fun. But if you’re Quincy Delight Jones, you’re 56 years old, you’ve won 27 Grammy’s and you’ve worked with everybody, then the result is not just fun: it’s fantastic. […]

RateYourMusic
I’ll be moving away from Quincy’s block due to the presence of too damn many yuppies. If I had this record around, I’d file it next to Norah Jones on the nonexistant shelf where I keep music to play when my most boring relatives are visiting Chez Moi. […]

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