I’ll be brutally honest: There’s not too much material from Quincy Jones that I can truly get down with and wrap my head around, save for You’ve Got It Bad, Girl, thanks in part to Summer In the City which has been beat to death, sample wise. When digging, I usually tend to skip over any of his records, however I do dig the jazz-funk fusion sounds of Body Heat and recently scooped up this amazing 70s rock-funk-soul album which serves as the official soundtrack to the 1972 heist comedy of the same name starring Robert Redford.
The LP has a lot of dark, moody moments with obvious nods to Quincy’s jazz roots; as Lord Finesse put it “dark, back-alley” instrumentation juxtaposed with the lighter side of free-jazz. The joint up top features a fat, military-esque drum break that has been sampled by Originoo Gun Clappaz, Eminem and more recently, ScHoolboy Q, with a scathing bassline and eerie horns. Tough!