10 Quincy Jones Albums From The 50’s & 60’s That Are Great For Cocktail Hour.

10. The Birth Of A Band (1959)

“The Birth Of A Band” was released in 1959 and includes by legendary musicians Zoot SimsClark TerryHarry Edison, and Phil Woods.

9. Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini (1964)

“Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini” was released in 1964 highlighting some classic songs made famous by Henry Mancini.

8. Plays Hip Hits (1963)

“Plays The Hits” was released in 1963 and finds Quincy Jones covering the hits of the day in a lounge setting. 

7. I Dig Dancers (1961)

“I Dig Dancers” was released in 1961 and consist of performances from NYC & Paris. 

6. The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones (1959)

“The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones” was released in 1959 and is a top notch date with a young Lee Morgan.

5. The Quintessence (1962)

“The Quintessence” was released in 1962 and is regarded as Jones’ best of the period and also marked a turning point for Quincy Jones’ big band era. 

4. Plays For Pussycats (1965)

“Plays For Pussycats” was released in 1965  and was more pop leaning than previous Quincy Jones albums…. This is definitely one of the best swinging ’60’s jazz albums for cocktail hour. 

3. Go West Man (1957)

“Go West Man” was released in 1957 and was Jones’ second album as a leader back by top notch jazz musicians like; Benny Carter, Art Pepper, Pepper Adams & Lou Levy to name just a few…

2. Quincy’s Got A Brand New Bag (1965)

“Quincy’s Got A Brand New Bag” was released in 1965 and is a collection of hip instrumentals of popular hits of the day like; Ain’t That Peculiar, I Got You and many more. Ray Charles is featured  throughout the album. 

1. Big Band Bossa Nova (1962)

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