In trumpeting Quincy Jones' 50-plus years as a musician/songwriter/producer/arranger, this four-CD package does an admirable job with an admittedly daunting task. Working under a no-boundary clause, t

In trumpeting Quincy Jones' 50-plus years as a musician/songwriter/producer/arranger, this four-CD package does an admirable job with an admittedly daunting task. Working under a no-boundary clause, the 26-time Grammy winner and musical cultivator has masterfully segued from swing and bebop

to R&B and soul and from pop to hip-hop without missing a beat. He has also tried his hand at film and TV, label executive gigs, and charitable causes (1985's "We Are the World" famine-relief effort). Along the way, he has worked with a who's who in music, from mentor Count Basie and Frank Sinatra to teen princess Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson (helming the landmark albums Off the Wall and Thriller). Those collaborations and more are the backbone of this collection, divided into four career-defining discs spanning 1951 to 1995. Disc one encompasses Jones' bebop/big-band era (including "Springsville" with Miles Davis), while disc two focuses on his film/TV résumé ("Sanford & Son Theme [The Street Beater]," "In the Heat of the Night"). Discs three and four focus, respectively, on his production prowess (including the signature Sinatra/Basie tune "Fly Me to the Moon" and Aretha Franklin on "Somewhere") and tracks from his various solo albums ("Killer Joe," "Just Once"). A complete delight, this compilation is being released simultaneously with Jones' Doubleday autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.—GM

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