Quincy Jones

The Dude

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Origin: Chicago & Seattle Genres: R & B funk soul jazz pop

"...an indispensable, formidable and dreamy pop-soul-jazz fusion masterpiece." • Nominated for 12 Grammy Awards • Includes the hits "One Hundred Ways" and "Just Once." • Featuring James Ingram and Patti Austin

The Dude is a cross-cultural blend that became the most successful, poignant, and critically acclaimed solo record of Quincy Jones' incredibly extensive career. The 1981 studio album includes elements of hot disco, cool jazz and soul-riddled ballads. The album produced three U.S. Top 40 hits and was nominated for twelve Grammy Awards resulting in three wins including Album of the Year.

Not a note out of place and everything as clear as crystal, with horns crisp and tight. Vocalist Patti Austin sang lead on four out of the nine tracks: "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me", "Somethin' Special", "Razzamatazz" and "Turn On The Action". The Dude featured the debut of James Ingram who also won a Grammy award for best R&B vocal performance for his work on "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways," which reached No. 17 and 14, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to Austin and Ingram other guests include Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Ernie Watts, Michael Jackson, Steve Lukather, the great Toots Thielemans, David "Hawk" Wolinski (of Rufus and Chaka Khan fame), the legendary percussionist Paulinho DaCosta and Louis Johnson.

The Dude was massively influential on the '80s R&B scene and set a bar on how to mold jazz and funk for a wider audience. Despite tremendous successes to follow, "The Dude" remains a jewel in Jones' catalogue and essential to any 80s R&B or jazz collection.


An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer, artist, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, humanitarian, investor, and record, film, and TV producer. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television.

Jones’ creative magic has spanned over seven decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era, and continues to influence today’s high-technology, international multi-media hybrids. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Jones was born on March 14, 1933, on the Southside of Chicago and raised in Seattle. He began playing the trumpet under the tutelage of the legendary, Clark Terry, and continued his musical studies at the prestigious Schillinger House (now known as Berklee College of Music) in Boston. He remained there until the opportunity arose to tour with Lionel Hampton’s band as a trumpeter, arranger, and pianist at only 20 years old, and by the mid-50’s, he was arranging and recording for musical greats such as Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Big Maybelle, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, and LeVern Baker.


Ai No Corrida
The Dude
Just Once
Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me
Somethin’ Special
One Hundred Ways
Turn On The Action
Produced by Quincy Jones
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering

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Los Angeles, California - USA

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Quincy Jones

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The Dude

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