Scores by Quincy Jones

Scores by Quincy Jones

17 Episodes

Few musicians have had such a profound effect on the evolution of twentieth-century popular music as legendary record producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and twenty-eight-time Grammy winner Quincy Jones. After establishing his virtuoso versatility arranging for greats like Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, Jones went on to a hugely successful career as a film composer at a time when Hollywood was still largely inhospitable to black artists. Encompassing jazz, blues, pop, funk, lounge, psychedelia, bossa nova, and beyond, his ultracool, sophisticated style graces classics like IN COLD BLOOD, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, and THE ITALIAN JOB, as well as offbeat gems like CACTUS FLOWER, MACKENNA’S GOLD, and BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE. Featuring some of Jones’s most renowned scores, this collection is a groove-filled tour through the swinging sounds of the 1960s and early 1970s.

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Scores by Quincy Jones
  • Scores by Quincy Jones Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Pawnbroker

    Episode 2

    Directed by Sidney Lumet • 1964 • United States
    Starring Rod Steiger, Brock Peters, Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Rod Steiger delivers a powerful, Oscar-nominated performance in Sidney Lumet’s darkly psychological portrait of a New York City pawnbroker who, haunted and embittered by the horrors he witnes...

  • The Slender Thread

    Episode 3

    Directed by Sydney Pollack • 1965 • United States
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas

    The suspense never stops mounting in this crackling, race-against-time drama, the debut from acclaimed director Sidney Pollack. Sidney Poitier stars as a student volunteer in a Seattle crisis ...

  • In Cold Blood

    Episode 4

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1967 • United States
    Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

    Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their uns...

  • The Deadly Affair

    Episode 5

    Directed by Sidney Lumet • 1967 • United Kingdom
    Starring Simone Signoret, James Mason, Harry Andrews

    This superlative adaptation of a novel by John le Carré stars James Mason as a British secret agent drawn into a web of intrigue when he begins investigating the suspicious suicide of a high-ran...

  • In the Heat of the Night

    Episode 6

    Directed by Norman Jewison • 1967 • United States
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

    Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted po...

  • A Dandy in Aspic

    Episode 7

    Directed by Anthony Mann • 1968 • United Kingdom
    Starring Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow

    The final film directed by Hollywood legend Anthony Mann is a gripping Cold War espionage thriller starring Laurence Harvey (who took over direction when Mann died during filming) as foppish MI6 ...

  • Mackenna’s Gold

    Episode 8

    Directed by J. Lee Thompson • 1969 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas

    This sprawling saga of greed and gold lust in the Old West stars Gregory Peck as a frontier marshal who, when he comes into possession of a map purporting to show the way to a legendary treasure,...

  • The Italian Job

    Episode 9

    Directed by Peter Collinson • 1969 • United Kingdom
    Starring Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill

    Michel Caine and Mini Coopers make a dynamite pairing in this turbocharged heist romp. Caine radiates debonair charm as the suave ex-con who—along with Noël Coward’s imprisoned crime boss—orchestr...

  • Cactus Flower

    Episode 10

    Directed by Gene Saks • 1969 • United States
    Starring Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau

    This charming romantic farce stars Walter Matthau as a dentist who, in order to keep from having to propose to his younger girlfriend (Goldie Hawn), enlists his assistant (Ingrid Bergman) to play th...

  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

    Episode 11

    Directed by Paul Mazursky • 1969 • United States
    Starring Natalie Wood, Elliott Gould, Robert Culp

    At the height of the sexual revolution, upwardly mobile married couple Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) return from a freethinking group-encounter session with an elevated sense of hon...

  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

    Episode 12

    Directed by Gordon Douglas • 1970 • United States
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair

    In this suspenseful sequel to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, screen legend Sidney Poitier reprises his role as the titular investigator, who now must solve a puzzling murder in the City by the Bay...

  • The Out-of-Towners

    Episode 13

    Directed by Arthur Hiller • 1970 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron

    Scripted by Neil Simon, this black comedy of mishaps follows an Ohio couple (Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis) as they travel to New York City for a job interview, a doomed thirty-six-hour excursion duri...

  • The Anderson Tapes

    Episode 14

    Directed by Sidney Lumet • 1971 • United States
    Starring Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam

    A prescient vision of the rise of the surveillance state, this paranoid heist thriller stars Sean Connery as Duke Anderson, an ex-con just out of prison who hatches a daring scheme to rob every unit...

  • Dollars
    Episode 15


    Episode 15

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1971 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe

    Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn make a dynamite duo as, respectively, a fast-talking bank-security expert and a call girl who team up to rob her white-collar-criminal clients of the illegal millions t...

  • The Getaway

    Episode 16

    Directed by Sam Peckinpah • 1972 • United States
    Starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson

    Sam Peckinpah’s pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride gave Steve McQueen one of his most iconic roles, an ex-con who, following a bank job gone wrong, hits the road with his wife (Ali MacGraw) on a bullet-...

  • Gary Giddins on Quincy Jones

    Episode 17

    In this interview, conducted in 2015, film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins talks about composer and producer Quincy Jones and his score for IN COLD BLOOD.