5 Things I Learned:
- His mother was a schizophrenic and had to be taken away in a straight jacket. Had a “life long impact.”
- Met Ray Charles when he was only 14, became like a brother to him.
- Began in NYC arranging “for anyone who could pay,” ended up including Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington.
- Studied orchestration in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.
- No longer allowed to play trumpet following a brain aneurysm.
A comprehensive look at one of the most storied musical figures of the 20th century is finally here. The documentary is unconventional in several ways, befitting of a man with a lifetime of trailblazing. There are no on camera interviews and Jones narrates the vast majority of it himself. Quincy often goes back and forth between a history of his prolific career and his present day ups and downs. For someone who has never censored himself, the guerrilla style used in follow him around throughout the last several years was all too perfect. It captures great, off the floor interactions with staff and fellow music luminaries as well as some candid conversations between him and his family (namely, daughter and co-director Rashida Jones). The overriding message here is that Jones is a survivor – whether that’s through the polished lens of the examination of his career trials or the raw look at his advanced age health issues. Quincy is equal parts honest, inspirational, and fascinating.