Album: Smackwater Jack

"Smackwater Jack" is a 1971 album by the famous American artist, record manufacturer, and composer Quincy Jones. With this being his ninth studio album, Jones had actually currently made a substantial influence on the music industry by this point in his profession, having actually worked with some of the most significant names in jazz, pop, and soul music. "Smackwater Jack" showcases Quincy's capability to perfectly mix various genres, featuring a broad selection of musical styles, from jazz, funk, R&B, and pop to gospel and classical influences. The album is both a testimony to Jones's unbelievable musicianship and his collective spirit, including efficiencies from renowned musicians such as Grady Tate, Valerie Simpson, and Hilda Harris, among others.

Background and recording
Quincy Jones invested the late 1960s and early 1970s checking out varied musical designs, with a specific focus on movie ratings and television styles. After releasing four albums in 1970, Jones set out to create "Smackwater Jack", going back to his roots in jazz while broadening on his growing interest in pop and R&B. The album was taped at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the helm. Among the musicians who added to the album were drummer Grady Tate, guitar player Eric Gale, and bassist Bob Cranshaw.

Track listing
"Smackwater Jack" consists of 10 tracks, each showcasing a distinct musical design. The opening title track is a funky critical rendition of the Carole King-penned classic, including a bass-heavy groove, shining brass area, and extraordinary keyboard work. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is a mild, melodic track that displays Jones's exceptional talent for orchestration and plan.

"On the Street Where You Live" is a lavish, orchestrated version of the distinguished tune from the musical "My Fair Lady", while "Ironside" includes an aggressive funk groove that would later on become the style music for the popular television series of the exact same name. "What's Going On" is a soulful, gospel-tinged interpretation of Marvin Gaye's anthem, including a moving singing efficiency by Valerie Simpson.

"Guitar Blues Odyssey" is a prolonged blues suite highlighting guitar virtuoso Eric Gale, elegantly combining different aspects of the blues category. Jones's take on the pop classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" showcases his capability to instill his own unique touch into a well-known tune. The album closes with "Hikky-Burr", a contagious uptempo piece including Bill Cosby that initially appeared as the style music for the tv program "The Bill Cosby Show".

Reception and legacy
"Smackwater Jack" was well gotten by music critics upon its release and added to Quincy Jones's growing track record as a versatile and innovative artist. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards-- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), and Best Instrumental Arrangement-- and won the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Ironside".

Although perhaps not as extensively referred to as some of Jones's later work, "Smackwater Jack" is a considerable entry into his substantial discography, capturing his artistic development and experimentation in the early 1970s. The album works as a time pill that showcases Quincy Jones's passion to blend musical genres, setting the stage for his significant business and vital successes throughout the following years.

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