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The Quincy Jones Legacy Series: Q on Producing: The Soul and Science of Mastering Music and Work Hardcover – October 15, 2010


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  • Series: The Quincy Jones Legacy Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Har/DVD edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423459768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423459767
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Quincy Jones is one of the most famous record producers in the world. His work has repeatedly crossed and unified the boundaries of jazz, soul, and pop - from era-defining jazz projects and unique contemporary film scores to his legendary work with Michael Jackson, including the original We Are the World benefit recording and its 21st-century sequel. Bill Gibson is the author of over 30 books and videos, including the six-volume Hal Leonard Recording Method. He is a longtime producer, engineer, and teacher and has recorded multiple albums. He is an instructor for Berklee Online, a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and a voting member of the Recording Academy.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CHiZZoPs on December 4, 2010
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...but that's not why I bought the book. "Q On Producing," sounds to me like it's going to be the new bible for aspiring producers everywhere on all the little tricks of the trade, from the grand master himself--Quincy passing the torch on to a new generation. That's why I bought it. Don't get me wrong, Quincy Jones is an amazing guy, and if you want a very interesting read of his experiences and journey through life in music, including great conversations with artists he's worked with, GET THE BOOK!

It is set up in bite-sized pieces perfect for a coffee table. However, aside for some inspirational advice from Q, there isn't much reason to take this book into the studio with you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Duran Kano on December 13, 2010
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First of all, I'm a huge Quincy Jones fan. If there's one man who's done it all, seen it all, MET them all, and loved them all (while living a true rags-to-unimaginable-riches story) - it's this man. Not only as a musician, but also as an award-winning composer crossing multiple genres and into film; as an arranger/orchestrator, and of course as a producer - most famously for Michael Jackson, George Benson, The Brothers Johnson and Patti Austin among others.

That said, I was very excited to see this new book (which is apparently part 1 of a trilogy), and to see the man out promoting it - despite the fact that he said they "forced him into it". I was also excited to see it published by a music publisher, Hal Leonard, because it meant (well, I thought it did, anyway...) that it would be hopefully be an informative "industry" book for musicians, producers, songwriters, and not just another biography.

Sadly, the book is put together very sloppily. Misspellings, line errors - everywhere. Just gives you the impression that Gibson put this together with haste. And that's just the surface - the book lacks SERIOUSLY in coherence, it's jumping all over the place. Most "paragraphs" - they're anecdotes, to be honest - are titled misleadingly, and often have nothing to do with the content thereafter. The REASON for this, I'm guessing, is the fact that Gibson based it on interviews he conducted with Q, they didn't set out to write this book together - and it's that "stream of consciousness" you definitely do sense from reading this book. It could've REALLY benefitted from better (or any?) editing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob on January 1, 2011
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I was really disappointed by this book. I've been a fan of Q's work for 40 years and looked forward to some insight about what made Q's productions shine. Unfortunately, there was very little substance, but there was a lot of "feeling the magic" and testimonials to Q's magnificent character and how that made the music happen. But, if you are looking for some behind-the-scenes skinny on the record-making business or what happened in the control room on Q's famous records - this is the wrong book.

Coincidentally, I received this for a Christmas gift along with the recent Todd Rundgren book which analyzes his production history. That actually takes you behind the scenes into the world of album making, without the glossy, coffee-table, color pic laden pretense that the "Legacy Series" offers.

If there are going to be additional volumes, please make them have some meat. Even the "bonus" DVD, where the author plays excerpts from Q's work, to attempt to engage him, end up producing (no pun intended) generalities and platitudes, without real detail.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drone3000 on December 23, 2010
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If you know anything about Q, or even if you don't and you're a producer, musician, arranger, etc., you will definitely want to read this book by one of the most successful, respected people in the music business for the last 50 years. Highly recommended!
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By Bobbie Hill on February 9, 2014
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My husband loves it. He knew Q as young musicians is Seattle. It arrived In pristine condition and timely, which were important factors, since it was a birthday gift to him.
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