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Q on Producing

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Authors: Quincy Jones and Bill Gibson

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Table of Contents

The Scope
The Structure
The Process
The Legacy
The Man
Q Touches The Piano And Music Touches Q
Respect All Genres
Music Was My Mother
Wise Old Road Warriors
Fascination With Science
The Driving Force
Go To Know
Money And Passion Are Not Enough
Words To Live By
Soul and Science
What Is Music?
The Word Of God
Core Skill
Life Force Music Versus Classical Music
African Influence
The Psychology Of Music And Sound
Listen To God's Whispers
Writing Music
Evolution of Q: the Modern Producer
Early Lessons
Life Through The Big-Band Prism
Basie And The Pocket
Nadia Boulanger
Breaking Barriers With Duke
The Price Paid For Modern Musicians
Knowledge By Fire
The Hit Record Challenge
The Birth Of The Producer
Tools for Success
Preparation And Luck
Core Skills Of A Musician
Core Skills Of A Producer
Success And Integrity
Charcoal, Watercolors, And Oil
Production Style
Music And Architecture
Dynamics And Cooking
Album Sequencing
Leave Room For The Vocals
Creativity And Alpha Brain Waves
It's Not A Block—it's A Process
The Engineers
Phil Ramone
Bruce Swedien
Bernie Grundman
Francis Buckley
Peter Chaikin
Ed Cherney
Michael Jackson
The Wiz
Off The Wall
The Killer Q Posse
Rod Temperton
The Perfect Balance
Creating Drama
Even If It's A Distraction, Do It Right
Too Much Music For Vinyl
Rap Is Dead
The Producer and the Artists
James Ingram
Qd3 (Snoopy)
Patti Austin
Louis And George Johnson
Siedah Garrett
Ll Cool J
Frank Sinatra And Lena Horne: The One That Got Away
The Band
Greg Phillinganes
John Robinson
Ndugu Chancler
Louis Johnson
Nathan East
Neil Stubenhaus
Paul Jackson, Jr.
Jerry Hey
Joann Tominaga
The Power of Mentoring: Quincy's Musical Family Tree
Discovering Talent
All About The Benjamins
High Standards
Producing Young Talent
Song and Album Discussions
"soul Bossa Nova," From Big Band Bossa Nova
"baby Cakes," From Quincy's Got A Brand New Bag, Featuring Ray Charles On B-3 (1963)
Frank Sinatra At The Sands With Count Basie And The Orchestra
L.a. Is My Lady
Walking In Space
Smackwater Jack
Sounds … And Stuff Like That!!
The Brothers Johnson
"stomp!" From Q's Juke Joint
The Dude
Body Heat
"ai No Corrida"
Back On The Block
In the Studio With Q
Alfredo Session At Capitol Records
Awards And Honors

Q on Producing presents the master's approach to making music and is essential reading for aspiring producers and artists everywhere.

Told to and compiled by author and audio expert Bill Gibson, Quincy's observations, culled from over a year of in-depth interviews, are collected and presented, providing an unparalleled course of instruction from one of the true legends of American music.

Reaching back to his early successes, Quincy discusses the techniques learned as an arranger for such legendary performers as Count Basie and Ray Charles, as a touring bandleader, and as a young producer with his first pop successes.

Coauthor Gibson, in chapters such as “Discovering Talent,” “The Producer/Engineer Relationship,” and “Tools for Success,” outlines the many skills Quincy developed and broadened as he graduated to film and TV work, his solo recordings, and his game-changing albums with Michael Jackson, as well as more recent productions.

With invaluable advice on subjects such as songwriting, scoring, and the modern music business, Q on Producing provides the foundation for what is sure to be the most anticipated series of tutorials on music production ever created.

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