Quincy Jones: Hikky Burr


Hikky Burr


Quincy Jones (leader)


Smackwater Jack (Mobile Fidelity MFCD776)

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Quincy Jones (leader), Bill Cosby (voice), Carol Kaye (electric bass),

Eddie Harris, Hubert Laws, Ernie Watts (tenor saxes), Dick Hyman (piano), Joe Sample (Fender Rhodes piano), Arthur Adams (guitar), Paul Humphries (drums)


Composed by Bill Cosby & Quincy Jones; arranged by Quincy Jones


Recorded: Burbank, CA, early 1969


Rating: 78/100 (learn more)

Carol Kaye's funky Fender bass provides much of the excitement on this track, which served as the theme to The Bill Cosby Show, which ran on NBC from 1969-'71. Cosby's jabberwocky and jive lyrics are firmly relegated to the background, buried beneath layers of horns and tight, rhythmic grooves. The session players are top-notch, Jones's own production is clear, and the engineering is ace. However, the tune itself seems stuck in first gear. Forty years later, it sounds like a novelty tune that certainly reflects the particular era in which it was conceived and created.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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