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Back on the Block
Studio album by Quincy Jones
Released November 8, 1989
Recorded 1989
Oceanway Record One
Lighthouse Studios
Westlake Audio
(Los Angeles, California)
Digital Recorders
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Tarpan Studios
(San Rafael, California)
Genre Hip hop, R&B, jazz
Length 57:54
Label Qwest
Producer Quincy Jones
Professional reviews
Quincy Jones chronology
The Dude
Back on the Block
Q's Jook Joint

Back on the Block is a 1989 Grammy Award-winning studio album produced by the American music impresario, conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer and trumpeter Quincy Jones.[1] It features many famous and important musicians and singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Prince, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau and Ray Charles.

Fitzgerald had previously recorded with Jones on her 1963 album Ella and Basie!, which is revered as one of her greatest recordings. She is featured on the tracks "Jazz Corner of the World" (where she is introduced in rap style by Big Daddy Kane), "Birdland" and "Wee B. Dooinit", where she scats alongside Sarah Vaughan and Bobby McFerrin.



This was to be the last studio recording that Ella Fitzgerald made, a milestone not lost on her biographer Stuart Nicholson, who noted that Ella had come full circle with this album, her last recording echoing the throwaway pop hits that Norman Granz had promised to rescue her from when he created Verve. It was also Sarah Vaughan's last album.

Multiple singles were lifted from the album and found success on Pop and R&B radio, including "I'll Be Good To You", "I Don't Go For That", "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)", and "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)". "Tomorrow" is noteworthy for introducing a young Tevin Campbell to the music scene. Back on the Block won the 1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Track listing

# Title Guest(s) Time
1 "Prologue (2Q's Rap)" Big Daddy Kane 1:04
2 "Back on the Block" Kane, Siedah Garrett, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Caiphus Semenya, Rod Temperton) 6:34
3 "I Don't Go for That" Ian Prince 5:11
4 "I'll Be Good to You" Ray Charles, Chaka Khan 4:54
5 "The Verb to Be (Introduction to Wee B. Dooinit)" Mervyn Warren 0:29
6 "Wee B. Dooinit (Acapella Party by the Human Bean Band)" Garrett, Prince 3:34
7 "The Places You Find Love" Glen Ballard, Clif Magness, Caiphus Semenya 6:25
8 "Jazz Corner of the World (Introduction to "Birdland")" Kane, Dee, Ice-T 2:54
9 "Birdland" Joe Zawinul 5:33
10 "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)" Ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta 5:05
11 "One Man Woman" Garrett, Prince, Harriet Roberts 3:44
12 "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)" Garrett, George Johnson, Louis Johnson 4:46
13 "Prelude to the Garden" Jorge Calandrelli 0:54
14 "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" El DeBarge, Garrett, Jones, Temperton 6:41

Chart history

These is the history of the Billboard Music Charts (North America) for Back on the Block.

Year Music Chart Position
1989 Billboard 200 #9
Top Contemporary Jazz Albums #1
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #1


Recorded in 1989, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the credits include:

See also

Morris Michael




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