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By now, you’ve probably figured out I love the body of work by the incomparable voice of composer, and arranger Quincy Jones! Remarkably, Jones imprint as musician and producer has impacted artists and music fans alike and continues to do so. If you don’t have it, do consider “Gula Matari” the 1970 classic will indeed make a great addition to your already extensive music collection. —Rob Young | The Urban Fllux

Quincy Jones | Gula Matari – [A&M/Universal (Japan), 1970]

Quincy Jones - Gula Matari

A real step forward for Quincy Jones — a record that really shows the jazzman moving into sophisticated new territory — a sound that’s just right for the CTI generation! The album’s got a vibe that’s a bit similar to Quincy’s Walking In Space album, but it’s a lot deeper too — touched with some of the African elements you might guess from the title — arranged in ways that are often quite spacious, so that the tunes really take some time to find just the right groove!

Backings are large, but show the leaner elements that Jones was bringing to his soundtrack work — and instrumentation includes vibes from Milt Jackson, marimba from Don Elliott, flute from Hubert Laws, soprano sax from Jerome Richardson, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard, trombone from Al Grey, and guitar from Eric Gale. Keyboards figure strongly — played by Herbie Hancock and Bob James — and special features include a bit of guitar and whistling from Toots Thielemans, plus some soulful vocals from Valerie Simpson. “Gula Matari” is an incredible 12 minute tribal groove — and other titles include a killer take on Nat Adderley’s “Hummin“, plus “Walkin” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water“.

..:: Source: DustyGroove.com ::..