Documentary | In English | 124 minutes | 2018
This documentary about the great Quincy Jones was put together lovingly by his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks. In his spectacular 70-year career, this giant in American music was a huge success as a record producer, composer, musician, arranger, and film producer. He did it all. He is proud that he transcended racial and cultural boundaries. He felt equally at home arranging music for Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. He mentored great talents as diverse as Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. The film takes us from Quincy’s rough childhood in Chicago’s South Side to his organizing the opening extravaganza of the Smithsonian African American Museum. Utilizing rare archives, photos, and interviews, Jones and Hicks produced a fitting tribute to a living legend.
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His three major albums with Michael Jackson, “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” and “Bad” have been heard around the world. “Thriller” sold 110 million albums, which broke the record.
He produced hit albums with Frank Sinatra, “It Might as Well be Spring,” Sinatra at the Sands,” and he produced the Sinatra/Princess Grace benefit concert at the Monaco Sporting Club.
He received the Grammy Legend Award in 1992. He has more Grammy Award nominations than any other artist.
He received the John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.
He composed the scores for 35 films, among them, In the Heat of the Night, Roots, and The Color Purple.”
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Mr. Jones’s life and career are far-ranging enough to justify a mini series. A musician, orchestrator, and record producer, Mr. Jones is arguably the connecting tissue among all significant modes of popular music in the 20th century and beyond.
QUINCY is the story of one of pop music’s most gifted producers. It’s a glimpse into a bygone world of entertainment and the legacy of racism that black artists grapple with today. He broke records throughout his career, helped organize Live Aid and other philanthropic ventures, he tried to unite rappers and to set aside their differences in the ’90s and, today, he’s still seen as a mentoring figure for younger musicians.
Rashida Jones composes a loving portrait of her father with the documentary QUINCY. Quincy broke down showbiz doors previously closed to African Americans and along the way helped popularize and legitimize the sounds of jazz, R&B, and hip hop. Jones and Hicks have made a comprehensive, loving, and yet surprisingly clear-eyed documentary covering the man’s life from Depression-era Chicago to Hollywood.
There is a calm about Quincy Jones that must have been exactly what was needed when he worked with high-strung and insecure artists. If you’re not familiar with his work, you are in for a treat: Jones has been responsible for major moments in your life that you were never aware of.
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