Quincy Jones: 20 Great Productions

From "It's My Party" to 'Thriller' and beyond, we survey an iconic career

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Dizzy Gillespie, 'New Wave' (1963)

"I had loved Dizzy since I was twelve years old. He had style, soul, technique, substance," Jones said in Q. In his role as a jazz trumpeter, he began playing with Gillespie in 1956, becoming the legend's music director in the process. By 1963, he'd moved all the way up to producing his old boss, on Gillespie's 1963 album New Wave! Although there's not much to distinguish the album, production-wise, it's a clear, crisp document of the Ambassador of Jazz during his potent Latin and Afro-Cuban phase, including spirited runs through Antônio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova standards "One Not Samba" and "Chega de Saudade." Jones, who was about to have his first pop success with Lesley Gore, was perfecting the fine art of the genre crossover. "I really don't worry too much about the categories" he told Record Mirror. "It's all music – you're still dealing with the same twelve notes in the scale whether it is Lesley Gore or Gillespie. If you keep working in the same style all the time you get stale. I like to move around and stay fresh."

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