Personnel includes: Quincy Jones (conductor); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Roland Kirk (flute, alto flute); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto flute, woodwinds); Lalo Schifrin (piano); Jim Hall (guitar); Chris White (bass); Rudy Collins (drums); Jack Del Rio, Carlos Gomez, Jose Paula (percussion).
Producer: Quincy Jones.
Reissue producer: Jerry Rappaport.
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York, New York on September 4, 7, 8, 13, 1962.
Includes liner notes by Gene Lees.
Digitally remastered using 22-bit technology by Kevin Reeves (Polygram Studios).
This is part of Verve's By Request series.
Quincy Jones's 1962 Brazilian jazz classic is back in print after many years, due no doubt to "Soul Bossa Nova"'s inclusion on the AUSTIN POWERS soundtrack. In addition to that show-stealer, BIG BAND BOSSA NOVA delivers Jones's takes on several samba classics, including "Desifinado" and the timeless classic, "One Note Samba." Jones teams up with Lalo Schiffrin on "Lalo Bossa Nova," and even takes on Charles Mingus's "Boogie Stop Shuffle." "A Taste of Honey" and on "On the Street Where You Live" are where Jones's talent for creative arranging really shines through.
Jones's attention to detail adds a subtlety to these recordings which makes them stand out as among the 1960s' best jazz records. BIG BAND BOSSA NOVA still holds its ground nearly some four decades later as a superlative recording.