Friday Song: Quincy Jones

This will be the longest track I’ve posted in the history of Friday Song. And since it’s Quincy Jones’ birthday, he’ll get his cake and swing it too. Stemming from HAIR, the famous rock musical, “Walking In Space” is a paen to altered consciousness amid the backdrop of war , love and revolution, and one of my favorite tunes from the show: Jones has arranged this as the title tune into a flowing psychedelic jazz epic featuring Valerie Simpson on vocals and the great Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. The whole 1969 LP is one of the great unsung masterpieces of jazz although it’s gained in prestige over the past decade. Every tune is a mini-masterpiece of mood, soul and sound and if there was ever a soundtrack for driving through the hep mysterious nightscape of your mind, try “Walking In Space.” Happy Birthday Quincy and thanks for the eternal inspiration….

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