Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quincy Jones feat. Patti Austin – Razzmatazz (A&M)

One of the most prolific and talented artists/producers and entrepreneurs in the history of contemporary music, Chicago, IL-born Quincy Jones first came to prominence in the 50’s as a Jazz arranger and conductor. In 1971, he happened to be the first African American to be named as the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. The end of the decade would see him taking the center stage on the Disco/R&B scene producing artists such as Brothers Johnson, Rufus & Chaka Khan and more obviously Michael Jackson bringing him to the worldwide renowned status we all know.
Takken from his 1981 released ‘The Dude’ album, the Rod Temperton penned ‘Razzmatazz’ saw him teaming with songstress Patti Austin along with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock (electric piano), Jerry Hey (trumpet) and Greg Phillinganes (synth) among others.
One of his signature cuts along with ‘Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me’, released as its B-side, it received a heavy support back then by the likes of Frankie Crocker on WBLS

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