Walking In Space

Walking In Space

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CDEverybody knows that Quincy Jones is the world's greatest pop producer, but if you're under 30, you might not know about his jazz work with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Frank Sinatra. This brilliant 1969 disc combines the precision music making you'd find on a movie soundtrack with the lively blowing of a soul-jazz jam session. Of course, when Q calls, people come to play, and this date is chock full of stars. On the title track, vocalist Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson) graces Ray Brown's deep-bottomed bass lines with an airy alto, topped by Hubert Laws's fluent flute work and Rahsaan Roland Kirk's multisax solo. Jones's spirited take on the gospel standard "Oh, Happy Day" retains the Sunday soul vibe of Ray Charles, and "D

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  1. Andy Williamson says:
    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Essential to every music collection., September 17, 2002
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    Andy Williamson (Chicago, IL) –

    This review is from: Walking In Space (Audio CD)
    Walkin’ In Space is Jones’ tour de force-a monster of an album that still has feet tapping and heads bobbing after thirty wonderful funk-inflected-jazz years. I have been building my jazz collection since the mid-90’s and now have close to 200 jazz albums. My love for jazz began with THIS disc, er, record I should say.
    Hearing this album is one of my earliest memories. My dad would play it on his turntable and I remember singing along with some of the tunes. This album is infectious. When I learned that it was released on CD I immediately picked it up; throwing my cassette version in the trash as I walked out the door to the cd shop. What a perfect mix of ‘mainstream’ (read: hard-bop) jazz and electrified funk/soul ala the wonderful guitar playing of Eric Gale and bassist Ray Brown. Dig that bass line in the title track and the segue between it and “Dead End”!!
    An immortal record that exudes the feel of the late 60’s with every quarter note. Quincy’s ability to organize space on this recording, to put in a little bit of this *here* at just the right point and a little of that *over there* is amazing. A great showcase for some famous jazzmen of the older school and some new up-and-coming talents. Brooding and ecstatic. Pure Joy.
    ESSENTIAL.

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  2. Philip J. Lane says:
    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    quincy jones used to be a jazzer-this CD proves it!, December 12, 2000
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    Philip J. Lane (miami, florida USA) –
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    This review is from: Walking In Space (Audio CD)
    Although most know Quincy Jones as a pop music producer of limited merit (michael jackson, et. al), he began his career working with such seminal figures as Ray Charles and Count Basie. I first heard the cut ‘killer joe’ from this recording as a theme song by a local jazz d.j. who also used to play the title track ‘walking in space’ quite a bit. Well, this recording features a who’s who of jazz soloists like Freddie Hubbard and Hubert Laws (reminicent of the better CTI albums of the late 70s early 80s) along with stalwarts like the under-rated late guitarist Eric Gale, who gets extensive solo space here. But most unusual (and definitely happening!) is the guest appearance by none other than Rahsaan Roland Kirk (!) playing saxophones on the title track. If you like cool arrangements, major swinging grooves (courtesy of bassist Ray Brown, who absolutely burns throughout, and impeccible drummer Grady Tate), great solos, atmospheric female backing vocals (title track), a great version of a true jazz standard (the aforementioned ‘killer joe’), this CD is right for you. I used to have this on vinyl and found the CD version by chance here. Forget about ‘the dude’ and Q’s affiliation with michael- this is the real deal. ENJOY!

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  3. Connie Rose says:
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding CD from the 60s, January 21, 2006
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    Connie Rose (Fortuna, CA United States) –

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    This review is from: Walking In Space (Audio CD)
    Seems that the older I get, the more likely I am to buy music I listened to in the 60s and 70s. Q’s Walking in Space was one of the first jazz records I listened to, on 8-track tape. It was then, and always has been one of my very favorite jazz recordings. Highly recommended!

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