Quincy Jones: The Dude
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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-tempered disco, soul-riddled ballads and icy fire jazz. It produced three U.S. Top 40 hits. The album was nominated for a total of twelve Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won three Grammy Awards.
Not a note out of place and everything as clear as crystal, with horns crisp and tight. Patti Austin had lead vocals on four out of the nine tracks: "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me", "Somethin' Special", "Razzamatazz" and "Turn On The Action". The Dude also featured the debut of vocalist James Ingram on the timeless favorites "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways," which reached No. 17 and 14, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. Ingram also won a Grammy award for best R&B vocal performance for his work on the album.
In addition to vocalists Patti Austin and James 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 Quincy Jones' catalogue and essential to any 80s R&B or jazz collection.