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    BIRDLAND - QUINCY JONES (1989)





    1989, Michael Jackson vient de quitter Quincy Jones. Alors Quincy Jones sort la bombe Birdland, histoire de montrer qui est le patron.
    Un casting de musiciens extraordinaires, soutenu par une composition fabuleuse, Birdland de Quincy Jones (sur l’album Back On The Block sorti en 1989) nous rappelle en quelques instant l’âge d’or des musiciens de talent, peu de temps avant que l’influence des majors ne vienne s’étendre trop sur l’industrie de la musique. La soustrayant ainsi – peut-être – à son exigence de qualité instrumentale et des arrangements.
    Sur la base directrice du train Birdland mené par Quincy Jones se trouve une multitude de riffs et de solos qui viennent pimenter ce mastodonte de la musique. Malgré son brio, l’air entraînant de ce titre qui nous transporte au coeur des années 80, reste inconnu d’une grande partie de la nouvelle génération.
    Si le son semble peut-être vieilli à un grand nombre d’auditeurs aujourd’hui, la beauté des arrangements n’en reste pas moins formidable. Dans ce mélange unique, rappelant par moment le jazz-fusion de Steps Ahead, chaque musicien du groupe est un titan dans son domaine, personne ne brillant plus qu’un autre. Basse, batterie, guitare, cuivres : tous s’expriment pleinement. C’est sans doute cette alternance respectueuse de parties solistes variées qui rend ce morceau si fort.





    1. Quincy Jones



    Imprésario, chef d'orchestre, producteur de disques, arrangeur, compositeur et trompettiste.
    L'une des plus grandes légendes de la musique. Il a travaillé dans tous les styles de pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, musique classique, musique africaine et brésilienne, et avec tout le monde de Louis Armstrong, Dizzy et Ray Charles à Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder et Ice T.



    2. L’album Back on the block et la reprise de Birdland



    Cette version est un cover song / cover version (une reprise). La pratique du cover est incontournable sur les albums des années 80’. Il y a toujours une reprise !
    L’album Back on the Block sera le dernier enregistrement studio des chanteuses vedettes Ella Fitzgerald et Sarah Vaughan.
    Le casting est extravagant et digne d’un film hollywoodien ! Sur la piste “Birdland” sont mentionnés :


    Arranged By [Horns] – Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones
    Arranged By [Rhythm] – Ian Prince, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
    (il a composé Thriller de Mickael Jackson, mort en 2016 à l’âge de 66 ans)
    Guitare Bass – Nathan East
    Handclaps – Ian Underwood, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
    Keyboards – Ian Prince, Larry Williams
    Sampled Synthesizer : Joe Zawinul
    Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Michael Boddicker, Michael Casey Young
    Drum Machine : Michael Boddicker
    Saxophone – Larry Williams
    Soloist, Guitar – George Benson
    Soloist, Saxophone – James Moody
    Soloist, Trumpet – Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis
    Trombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)
    Trumpet – Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
    Lead Vocals [Featured] – Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan
    Written-By – J. Zawinul

    Le morceau “Birdland” est introduit par un “rap” scandé et entrecoupé de solos de jazz : Jazz Corner of the World (Introduction to Birdland).


    Texte de
    Jazz Corner of the World (Introduction to Birdland)




    (It had to be sweetness)
    (...'Cause I'd been in New York all the time, and he brought Charlie Parker in this hotel room, in the Booker Washington Hotel)
    (There was nothing to do but play, you know, and we had a lot of fun trying to play, you know)
    (...That man, Charlie Parker, was mine)
    (That was the first time I ever had the pleasure to meet Dizzy Gillespie)
    (I can remember Miles)
    (Miles was in my original band)
    (And Charlie Parker created the sound, and the moment I heard him I said, 'that's how music should sound')

    [Verse 1: Kool Moe Dee]
    A tribute to the Birdman, the father of Birdland
    A masterpiece that release the horns, words and
    The musical greats, salute the late
    Mentor, inventor of a sound of days back
    From bebop to pop and pop to hip hop
    Infuse the times of jazzing rhymes and got
    Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane
    To bring on the legends; Kane, hit the names

    [Verse 2: Big Daddy Kane]
    I kick a rap to what you can relax to
    A jazz soloist, play away with the sax to
    Get the job done, next one up to do his duty
    Ladies and gentlemen, mister James Moody

    [Saxophone Solo: James Moody]

    [Verse 3: Big Daddy Kane]
    No one goes the mile like Miles Davis
    Watch how he plays this trumpet and pump it
    Just like a mechanic handles a tool
    Here's the rebirth of the cool

    [Trumpet Solo: Miles Davis]

    [Verse 4: Big Daddy Kane]
    What kind of noise can a string bring
    Making you swing and sing things of a musical fling
    Well listen to this star, next up is our...
    Oh, George Benson bringing the guitar

    [Guitar Solo: George Benson]
    [Verse 5: Big Daddy Kane]
    A voice of choice used just like an instrument
    So magnificent, I'm proud to present
    Divine, Sassy One, A.K.A. Sarah Vaughan
    Honey you're on

    [Scat Solo: Sarah Vaughan]

    [Verse 6: Big Daddy Kane]
    I'm introducin' a bop revolution
    In jazz that has pizazz, he is one player usin' it
    As who is, his first name's Dizzy
    Last name Gillespie, now watch him get busy

    [Trumpet Solo: Dizzy Gillespie]

    [Verse 7: Big Daddy Kane]
    Allow me to tell a story about Ella
    Fitzgerald, who's sound can never be sterile
    A woman with flexibility of range
    Making octaves change, go ahead and do your thing

    [Scat Solo: Ella Fitzgerald]

    [Verse 8: Big Daddy Kane]
    This is a shoutout to one more man
    Joe Zawinul, the writer of Birdland

    [Organ Solo: Joe Zawinul]

    [Verse 9: Kool Moe Dee]
    In the fifties, this was the place to be
    From the bands down to the maitre'd
    Now, who could forget the MC on the set
    The emollient voice of Pee Wee Marquette

    (Ladies and gentlemen, as you know we have something special down here at Birdland this evening)

    A sound so profound it's come back around
    52nd Street is now world-renowned
    With horn licks with kick, and swift riffs to stick
    Today bebop makes the hip hop pick
    These musical genius's souls are so clever
    They changed the face of music forever
    And if you can't understand
    Here's a past and present Birdland


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    Item Reviewed: BIRDLAND - QUINCY JONES (1989) Rating: 5 Reviewed By: nicolas martello
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