Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack

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Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack
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Studio album by Quincy Jones
Released October 1971
Recorded 1971
A & R Studios
Sound Ideas Studios
Genre Jazz
Length 42:48
Label A&M
Producer Phil Ramone
Quincy Jones chronology
Smackwater Jack
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars


  "Smackwater Jack" is a 1971 studio album by Quincy Jones. Tracks include the theme music to Oronside and The Bill Cosby Show. When released in 1971, the album made number 56 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, number 11 on the R&B chart, and managed to top the Jazz albums chart at number One.


Track listing

  1. "Smackwater jack" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 3:31
  2. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Vince Guaraldi, Carel Werber) – 4:26
  3. "Ironside" (Quincy Jones) – 3:53
  4. "What's Going On" (Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) – 9:51
  5. "Theme from "The Anderson Tapes" (from The Anderson Tapes)" (Jones) – 5:16
  6. "Brown Ballad" (Ray Brown) – 4:20
  7. "Hikky-Burr" (Bill Cosby, Jones) – 4:02
  8. "Guitar Blues Odyssey: From Roots to Fruits" (Jones) – 6:35



  • Quincy Jones – arranger, conductor, vocals
  • Valerie Simpson, Bill Cosby, Marilyn Jackson – vocals
  • Freddie Hubbard, Marvin Stamm – flugelhorn
  • Bubby Childers, Snooky Young, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown – trombone
  • Eric Gayle, Arthur Adams, Freddie Robinson, Jim Hall, Joe Beck – guitar
  • Toots Thielemans – guitar, harmonica
  • Grady Tate – drums, percussion
  • Paul Humphrey – drums
  • Bob James, Joe Sample – keyboards
  • Jaki Byard, Monty Alexander, Bobby Scott – piano
  • Jimmy Smith – electronic organ
  • Dick Hyman – piano, electric harpsichord
  • Chuck Rainey, Bob Cranshaw, Carol Kaye – bass guitar
  • Ray Brown – double bass
  • Hubert Laws – flute, saxophone
  • Milt Jackson – vibraphone
  • Pete Christlieb, Jerome Richardson – tenor saxophone
  • Edd Kalehoff, Paul Beaver – moog synthesizer




Quincy James - Smackwater Jack

U.S. A&M SP 3037 stereo (1971).

Album produced by Quincy Jones, Ray Brown and Phil Ramone.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong hinge and spine, displaying clear, printed script.

The original colour inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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