I believe there isn't a person in the world who hasn't spent sometime thinking about Michael Jackson the last few days.It is of course a sad ending to a person who at one point had enough talent to spread around the world a few times. The one thing that truly comes into my mind is that there is a connection between Jazz and his success. Quincy Jones was himself a genius.In his concepts and his music. I loved the fact the on the Dude Quincy never played anything.It was a producers vision.A great mixture of Pop and jazz sensibilities. Look at the players on that album!
Enter Michael Jackson. He had the talent and ideas,Quincy had the experience. His jazz sensibilities transcended to Michael and the music they created together. I got introduced to Quincy at Miles Davis's 65th Birthday party. I learned not to take up too much time when it's a person like Quincy.Be focused and move on. When I got introduced to him I said"I've always wanted to ask you this question. Why do you think your relationship with Michael Jackson turned out such great music.He said "youth meets experience" Bang!!! there it is.A solid musical background with great musical knowledge and command of the language meets a super human talent. That's all I need to know.
I have always tried to work with younger artists so I can give them my experience and help them create their brilliance. You don't learn anything if you try to learn from yourself. I've helped many create great music but as much as I try to steer them away from the minefield somehow they end up walking into the minefield. You need to be forever a student and keep on learning from the masters. I've been lucky I had amazing mentors and teachers. I think I've learned my lessons well. The next Michael Jackson may happen when that beautiful combination Quincy described happens again.
Knowing the language of jazz puts you on a higher plane to be able to play many kinds of music. Once you know that language it gets down to who you are going place your bet on.
Quincy bet right. Listen to Michaels albums without Quincy. Especially his last one.He needed to stop chasing hits and start to concentrate on the best music.
I hope some people check this out. I've been at this for 35 years am waiting for that great convergence again. I hope it happens in my lifetime.