Quincy Jones: Dead End
Quincy Jones (leader)
Walking in Space (Verve 543499)
John Frosk, Marvin Stamm, Lloyd Michels, Dick Williams, Snooky Young (trumpets), Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd, Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson, Alan Raph, George Jeffers (trombones), Joel Kaye, Roland Kirk, Jerome Richardson (woodwinds), Paul Griffin (piano), Bob James (electric piano), Toots Thielemans (harmonica, guitar), Eric Gale (guitar), Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate (drums).
Composed by Galt MacDermot, James Rado & Gerome Ragni; arranged by Quincy Jones.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 18-19, 1969
Rating: 78/100 (learn more)
"Dead End" is taken from a Grammy-winning album, and, as expected, the personnel is illustrious. The track features such legends as Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Hubert Laws, and, while the groove is reminiscent of Booker T. & The MG's, extraneous horns and a brief, 23-second bass solo are unnecessary. In particular, Brown's showcase sounds lifted from a psychedelic LP, which shouldn't surprise anyone as the album's entire first side is dedicated to the 1968 Broadway rock musical Hair. Overall, the playing is great, but the production sounds like it was conceived on the fly.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary