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Monday, January 14, 2008

Donny Hathaway & Quincy Jones- Come Back Charleston Blue (1972)




1. Main theme
2. Basie
3. String segue
4. Vegetable wagon
5. Harlem dawn
6. Scratchy record
7. Explosion
8. Hearse to graveyard
9. Switch "Charleston Blue"
10. Come back Basie
11. Detective's goof
12. Gravedigger Jones & Coffin Ed's funeral
13. String segue
14. Little ghetto boy
15. Hail to the queen
16. Drag queen chase
17. Bossa nova
18. Tim's high
19. Furniture truck
20. Liberation
21. Come back Charleston Blue


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An interesting but not entirely satisfying album from Quincy Jones. This LP features one of Donny Hathaway's finest songs, 'Little Ghetto Boy', a moving track of such beauty that it deserves a much wider audience. The rest of the LP is an uneven mix of short traditional jazz and funk instrumental tracks.

6 comments:

ceetee21 said...

Quincy Jones did nothing on this album.This project was arranged, written, and, produced by Donny Hathaway. Quincy is only in name on the project.

Funkback said...

If the LP says supervised by Q I doubt he'd O.K. that unless he'd be involved in some level. Donny's a magnificient talent able to pull it off on his own, no doubt, but maybe he asked for Q's experience in scoring the movie hence the supevision credit and Atlantic milked it for all it's worth. I have no basis for saying this but I believe that Donny was a pupil of Q's at Howard U and decided to pay homage to a master this way.

Just my 10c
/Funkback

ceetee21 said...

Hey Funkback,

I spoke directly with Quincy about this project and said that Donny did everything. In addition, Ed Howard (Donny's Manager) also said that Quincy could not teach Donny anything about music because Donny felt that he just as capable of doing anything that Quincy could do.

isbum said...

@ Funkback - The liner notes for the Rhino remastered 2007 edition clearly contradict what ceetee21 says above.

I'm sending this booklet and Cd along soon for posting. The Cd is now out of print and deservedly so.
I say that b-cuz I thinks it's a classic.

ceetee21 said...

Funkback

Your info is not correct.Just because something has someone name on a music project doesn't mean they're directly involved. This happens all the time in the music industry. Once again I spoke to Quincy directly about this projected and quincy said to he he just spoke to Donny briiefly about arrangements and Donny took off from there. Quincy spent maybe 30 minutes at best with Donny. I don't care what Rhino says.Arif Mardin & Joel Dorn told me the same thing. Ed Howard who was Donny's manageris a friend of mine and he also validated everything that Quincy told me personally, Joel Dorn, and Arif Mardin told me as well. And no Quincy never taught Donny at Howard. That's funny!!!....

Don't believe everything you read my brother....

Funkback said...

A latecomer here. Thanx ceetee21 & Isbum for sorting me out. I had Quincy confused with Donald Byrd who tutored the Blackbyrds. That's messed up!! It's always nice to hear from a person who has a word or two from the persons directly involved. But how come Quincy got co-writer's credit on the lyrics to the title song if he did nothing? Just curious... Maybe he's a bit on the humble there.

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