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Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 5 October 1990 (USA)
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A unique look at the legendary musician, arranger, composer and producer offers a collage of memories, sounds and intimate interviews with musical greats in a rousing showcase.


Ellen Weissbrod


Ellen Weissbrod
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Credited cast:
Clarence Avant ... Himself
George Benson George Benson ... Himself
Big Daddy Kane ... Himself
Richard Brooks ... Himself
Tevin Campbell Tevin Campbell ... Himself
Ray Charles ... Himself
Alvin Chea Alvin Chea ... Himself (as Take 6)
Miles Davis ... Himself
El DeBarge ... Himself
Cedric Dent Cedric Dent ... Himself (as Take 6)
Sheila E. ... Herself
Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine ... Himself
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself
Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself
Flavor Flav ... Himself


A unique look at the legendary musician, arranger, composer and producer offers a collage of memories, sounds and intimate interviews with musical greats in a rousing showcase.

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Documentary | Music


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5 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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'Michael Jackson' refused to be lit for his interview so it is conducted in the dark. See more »


References The Wiz (1978) See more »

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Absolutely Outstanding! A Fine Showing of the Life of a Great Man
9 February 2003 | by edhuds0nSee all my reviews

Both informative and entertaining, this is an extremely intimate portrait of the man who knew no boundaries. It showed his European tours, both as a 19-year-old jazz musician AND later as a band leader who went broke (midtour!) and had to sell everything to get home. I was amazed at his countless works with legendary artists and composers. As the title states, it's hard to imagine all those experiences fitting into JUST ONE lifetime.

I was unaware of how much of a pioneer he was for many African Americans. Not only do the "old jazz tour" pictures and interviews with Dizzy, Miles, et al show this, but also his accomplishments -- 1st black VP of A&R for a major record label, produced "It's My Party (and I Cry if I Want To)", furthered the civil rights movement through music, 1st black to write movie scores -- are discussed as well.

It is all told in a very entertaining way -- narration, studio recording footage, and chats with Q, his siblings, his kids, and the myriad of artists he has impacted (Streisand, Sinatra, Spielberg, Ice-T, Flavor Flav, Oprah, you get the idea). Who else has worked with such a wide range of people? What I especially liked was the way many different interviews were spliced together in a point-counterpoint style, so that you could hear all of their views about the same subject.

I came away with a new respect for him, especially considering all of the financial, social, and even medical hardships he has had to overcome. However, anyone who does not already have a profound interest in music or someone who never faced hard challenges in life may not be able to relate to this story very well.

I would rate it 8 out of 10 - no question.

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