Quincy Jones - In the Pocket (American Masters)

Quincy Jones - In the Pocket (American Masters)Ninety minutes seems insufficient to cover the remarkable career of Quincy Jones, but this documentary, broadcast in 2001 as part of PBS's American Masters series, does a pretty fair job of it. Over the course of some five decades, the man they call "Q" has run the musical gamut: playing trumpet with Lionel Hampton, producing everyone from Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"--yes, it's true) and Michael Jackson (Thriller) to Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, arranging and producing "We Are the World" and every style from jazz to hip-hop, and composing scores for countless movies and TV shows. Using interviews, photos, film clips, etc., In the Pocket manages to address all of it, while also documenting Jones's two failed marriages, an aneurysm, a nervous breakdown, and other lowlights. Harry Belafonte narrates, and many luminaries are on hand to celebrate the life and work of one of the most prolific and respected musicians of our time. --Sam Graham

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