Quincy Jones's wide-ranging and influential career accomplishments will be celebrated in a four-disc box set due Oct. 16 from Rhino. The release of "Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones" will coin
Quincy Jones's wide-ranging and influential career accomplishments will be celebrated in a four-disc box set due Oct. 16 from Rhino. The release of "Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones" will coincide with "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones," published by Doubleday.
Jones, who has won 26 Grammy Awards, has been honored throughout his nearly five decade-long career for his diverse accomplishments as a producer, arranger, and artist in genres from jazz and pop to R&B and rap. Accordingly, the box set covers all phases, with each disc concentrating on a particular era. Disc one covers bebop, big band, and jazz arranged and conducted by Jones; disc two focuses on his film and television work; the third disc celebrates the music he has produced; while the final disc concentrates on his solo musical output.
As Jones has worked with a literal who's who of artists, the box set boasts tracks by such legendary artists as Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, and Aretha Franklin, as well as more contemporary performers, including Paul Simon, Ice-T, Bono, and Brian McKnight.
An accompanying book shows just how far his influence has spread, with poet Maya Angelou, pop icon Michael Jackson, and former president Bill Clinton among those contributing their thoughts on Jones' impact. Also included is a career-detailing essay titled "American Dream" by writer Gerald Early.
As first reported by Billboard in February, Rhino, VH1, and the Quincy Jones Media Group are co-producing "Say it Loud! A Celebration of Black Music In America," a five-part documentary series chronicling the story of African-American music. The series will debut Oct. 7 on VH1.