1989 Quincy Jones – Back On The Block

Back on the Block is a 1989 studio album produced by Quincy Jones. The album features legendary musicians and singers from across three generations, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Ray Charles.
Multiple singles were lifted from the album and found success on Pop and R&B radio, including “I’ll Be Good To You”, “I Don’t Go For That”, “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”, and “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)” which was originally an instrumental track on The Brothers Johnson’s Look Out for #1 set. “Tomorrow” is also noteworthy for introducing a young Tevin Campbell to the music scene. Back on the Block won the 1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Jones’ track, Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) was featured on the soundtrack of the 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood. Back on the Block topped the R&B Albums chart at number-one for twelve weeks, and topped the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart as well.
Back on the Block featured the last studio recordings of jazz singers Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Fitzgerald and Jones had previously worked together on her 1963 album with Count Basie, Ella and Basie!. Jones had produced three albums with Sarah Vaughan when they both worked for Mercury Records.

At the 33rd Grammy Awards, Back on the Block won seven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Tracks

1  Prologue (Big Daddy Kane, Quincy Jones) 1:06
2  Back On The Block (Big Daddy Kane, Quincy Jones, Caiphus, Semenya, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett) 6:35
3  I Don’t Go For That (Ian Prince) 5:13
I’ll Be Good To You (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Sonora Sam) 4:57
5  The Verb To Be (Mervyn Warren) 0:33
6 Wee B. Dooinit (Ian Prince, Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett) 3:34
7  The Places You Find Love (Caiphus Semenya, Clif Magness, Glen Ballard) 6:30
8  Jazz Corner Of The Word (Big Daddy Kane, Kook Moe Dee) 2:55
9  Birdland (Joe Zawinul) 5:36
10  Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) (Gilson Peranzzetta) 5:06
11  One Man Woman (Harriet Robert, Ian Prince, Siedah Garrett) 3:46
12  Tomorrow (A Better You,Better Me) (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Siedha Garrett) 4:48
13  Prelude To The Garden (Jorge Calandrelli) 0:56
14  The Secret Garden (El DeBarge, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett) 6:39

Media

Musicians

1 Prologue

Drums (programming)Rod Temperton
VocalsQuincy Jones
VocalsQuincy Jones III


2 Back On The Block

BassLouis Johnson
Drums (programming)Michael Boddicker
Drums (programming)Quincy Jones III
Drums (programming)Quincy Jones
Drums (programming)Rod Temperton
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerJoe Zawinul
VocalsTevin Campbell
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsAndrae Crouch
Background VocalsCaiphus Semenya
Background VocalsHoward McCrary
Background VocalsJean Johnson
Background VocalsPerry Morgan
Background VocalsRose Banks
Background VocalsSandra Crouch
Background VocalsTammi Gibson
Background VocalsVonciele Faggett
RapBig Daddy Kane
RapIce-T
RapKool Moe Dee
RapMelle Mel


3 I Don’t Go For That

KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SynthesizerLarry Williams
Background VocalsIan Prince
Background VocalsNadirah Ali
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett


4 I’ll Be Good To You

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarGeorge Johnson
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SynthesizerLarry Williams
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocalsChaka Khan
VocalsRay Charles
Background VocalsGeorge Johnson
Background VocalsJames Ingram
Background VocalsLouis Johnson
Background VocalsPhil Perry
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett
Background VocalsSyreeta Wright


5 The Verb To Be

VocalsMervyn Warren


6 Wee B. Dooinit

VocoderIan Prince
PercussionQuincy Jones
VocalsSiedah Garrett
VocalsBobby McFerrin
Background VocalsEdie Lehmann


7 The Places You Find Love

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsJerry Hey
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
KeyboardsLarry Williams
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionBill Summer
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsSiedah Garrett
VocalsChaka Khan


8 Jazz Corner Of The Word

GuitarGeorge Benson
SynthesizerJoe Zawinul
SaxJames Moody
TrumpetDizzy Gillespie
TrumpetMiles Davis
VocalsSarah Vaughan
VocalsElla Fitzgerald
VocalsBig Daddy Kane
VocalsKool Moe Dee


9 Birdland

BassNathan East
GuitarGeorge Benson
KeyboardsIan Prince
KeyboardsLarry Williams
SaxJames Moody
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetDizzy Gillespie
TrumpetMiles Davis
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
VocalsElla Fitzgerald
VocalsSarah Vaughan


10 Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)

GuitarGeorge Benson
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerHerbie Hancock
SaxGerald Albright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


11 One Man Woman

KeyboardsGeorge Duke
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
PercussionSheila Escovedo
VocalsSiedah Garrett


12 Tomorrow (A Better You,Better Me)

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
PercussionOllie E. Brown
SaxGerald Albright
VocalsTevin Campbell


13 Prelude To The Garden

KeyboardsLarry Williams


14 The Secret Garden

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsLarry Williams
PercussionBruce Swedien
VocalsAl B Sure
VocalsBarry White
VocalsAl Debarge
VocalsJames Ingram

Liner Notes

Producer – Quincy Jones
Producer (Associate) – Rod Temperton
Arranged By – Jerry Hey (Track 12)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Bill Summers (Tracks 2, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Rod Temperton (Tracks 2, 9, 14)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Quincy Jones III (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Ian Prince (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Clif Magness, Glen Ballard (Track 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Greg Phillinganes (Track 10)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Jerry Hey (Track 12)
Arranged By (Synthesizer Strings) – Jorge Calandrelli (Track 13)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Jerry Hey (Track 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Andrae Crouch (Tracks 2, 7)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Ian Prince (Track 3)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Siedah Garrett (Tracks 5, 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Mark Kibble, Rod Temperton(Track 5)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Caiphus Semenya (Track 7)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Mark Kibble (Track 10)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Rod Temperton (Track 12, 14)
Conductor (Choir) – Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch (Track 2)
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien
Recorded By – Bruce Swedien

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Qwest Records
Copyright (c) – Qwest Records
Made By – Record Service Alsdorf
Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Distributed By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.

Tracks

1  Prologue (Big Daddy Kane, Quincy Jones) 1:06
2  Back On The Block (Big Daddy Kane, Quincy Jones, Caiphus, Semenya, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett) 6:35
3  I Don’t Go For That (Ian Prince) 5:13
I’ll Be Good To You (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Sonora Sam) 4:57
5  The Verb To Be (Mervyn Warren) 0:33
6 Wee B. Dooinit (Ian Prince, Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett) 3:34
7  The Places You Find Love (Caiphus Semenya, Clif Magness, Glen Ballard) 6:30
8  Jazz Corner Of The Word (Big Daddy Kane, Kook Moe Dee) 2:55
9  Birdland (Joe Zawinul) 5:36
10  Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) (Gilson Peranzzetta) 5:06
11  One Man Woman (Harriet Robert, Ian Prince, Siedah Garrett) 3:46
12  Tomorrow (A Better You,Better Me) (George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Siedha Garrett) 4:48
13  Prelude To The Garden (Jorge Calandrelli) 0:56
14  The Secret Garden (El DeBarge, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett) 6:39

Media

Musicians

1 Prologue

Drums (programming)Rod Temperton
VocalsQuincy Jones
VocalsQuincy Jones III


2 Back On The Block

BassLouis Johnson
Drums (programming)Michael Boddicker
Drums (programming)Quincy Jones III
Drums (programming)Quincy Jones
Drums (programming)Rod Temperton
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerJoe Zawinul
VocalsTevin Campbell
Background VocalsAlfie Silas
Background VocalsAndrae Crouch
Background VocalsCaiphus Semenya
Background VocalsHoward McCrary
Background VocalsJean Johnson
Background VocalsPerry Morgan
Background VocalsRose Banks
Background VocalsSandra Crouch
Background VocalsTammi Gibson
Background VocalsVonciele Faggett
RapBig Daddy Kane
RapIce-T
RapKool Moe Dee
RapMelle Mel


3 I Don’t Go For That

KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SynthesizerLarry Williams
Background VocalsIan Prince
Background VocalsNadirah Ali
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett


4 I’ll Be Good To You

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarGeorge Johnson
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SynthesizerLarry Williams
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocalsChaka Khan
VocalsRay Charles
Background VocalsGeorge Johnson
Background VocalsJames Ingram
Background VocalsLouis Johnson
Background VocalsPhil Perry
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett
Background VocalsSyreeta Wright


5 The Verb To Be

VocalsMervyn Warren


6 Wee B. Dooinit

VocoderIan Prince
PercussionQuincy Jones
VocalsSiedah Garrett
VocalsBobby McFerrin
Background VocalsEdie Lehmann


7 The Places You Find Love

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsJerry Hey
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
KeyboardsLarry Williams
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionBill Summer
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsSiedah Garrett
VocalsChaka Khan


8 Jazz Corner Of The Word

GuitarGeorge Benson
SynthesizerJoe Zawinul
SaxJames Moody
TrumpetDizzy Gillespie
TrumpetMiles Davis
VocalsSarah Vaughan
VocalsElla Fitzgerald
VocalsBig Daddy Kane
VocalsKool Moe Dee


9 Birdland

BassNathan East
GuitarGeorge Benson
KeyboardsIan Prince
KeyboardsLarry Williams
SaxJames Moody
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetDizzy Gillespie
TrumpetMiles Davis
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
VocalsElla Fitzgerald
VocalsSarah Vaughan


10 Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)

GuitarGeorge Benson
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
SynthesizerHerbie Hancock
SaxGerald Albright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


11 One Man Woman

KeyboardsGeorge Duke
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsIan Prince
PercussionSheila Escovedo
VocalsSiedah Garrett


12 Tomorrow (A Better You,Better Me)

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
PercussionOllie E. Brown
SaxGerald Albright
VocalsTevin Campbell


13 Prelude To The Garden

KeyboardsLarry Williams


14 The Secret Garden

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsLarry Williams
PercussionBruce Swedien
VocalsAl B Sure
VocalsBarry White
VocalsAl Debarge
VocalsJames Ingram

Liner Notes

Producer – Quincy Jones
Producer (Associate) – Rod Temperton
Arranged By – Jerry Hey (Track 12)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Bill Summers (Tracks 2, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Rod Temperton (Tracks 2, 9, 14)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Quincy Jones III (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Ian Prince (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Clif Magness, Glen Ballard (Track 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Greg Phillinganes (Track 10)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Jerry Hey (Track 12)
Arranged By (Synthesizer Strings) – Jorge Calandrelli (Track 13)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Jerry Hey (Track 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Andrae Crouch (Tracks 2, 7)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Ian Prince (Track 3)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Siedah Garrett (Tracks 5, 14)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Mark Kibble, Rod Temperton(Track 5)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Caiphus Semenya (Track 7)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Mark Kibble (Track 10)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Rod Temperton (Track 12, 14)
Conductor (Choir) – Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch (Track 2)
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien
Recorded By – Bruce Swedien

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Qwest Records
Copyright (c) – Qwest Records
Made By – Record Service Alsdorf
Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Distributed By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.