Quincy – Review

Genre  Documentary
Directed by Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones
Starring Quincy Jones
Released on September 21, 2018
Duration 124 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 8/10
Channel Netflix

Quincy Jones is renowned in the music world as the closest anyone will get to god status (music-wise). The creme de la creme of music production. His achievements and awards over a span of six decades give him legend status and I’m not even ashamed to say I’ve fangirled over his work since I was 18.

Watching one of the most famous producers in the world in his element will already be a delight to those who know their way around the music space. For those who don’t though, the amount of footage they’ve gathered will definitely give you an idea of who he is. He produced “Thriller” for Michael Jackson if you’re an absolute newbie.

He’s been friends with anyone who has ever stood on the Grammy stage. With 79 Grammy Award nominations alongside 27 Grammys, plus a Grammy Legend Award back in 1991, he’s an icon and a genius.

Directed by his own daughter Rashida Jones alongside the talented Alan Hicks, this documentary is something we’ve all been looking forward to. It tries to shed light on what a complicated man he truly was and while it fails to offer more than a glimpse, I can appreciate the effort.

One of the most memorable moments in the doc take place towards the end. When Quincy takes a tour of the unopened Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture, there’s a moment where he sees the belongings of people he calls “all the old homies” – Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Ray Charles and so on – and he realizes they’re all gone. That is one of the most breathtakingly intense scenes as we watch how he fumbles for words to describe what he feels as he sees the history of the people he’s worked with enshrined in a museum.

The film shows off the crazy work ethic that let him rise to stardom. A teenage Quincy playing the trumpet will make you melt. The story about the time his mother, who was a schizophrenic was dragged of in a straight jacket when he was seven will bring you to tears. The entire doc tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you with the message that his life was never easy. It inspires you to work harder, be better.

While the documentary does try its best to keep the pace and piece all the incredible footage together it does feel a bit disjointed. Rashida Jones, even as his own daughter, seems to show his life through a sort of impersonal detached lens. But, that doesn’t stop it from being a masterpiece. 

Music is the closest anything will ever get to immortal. It transcends all barriers of time, race, age, color, gender and anything else you could possibly consider a barrier. Timeless melodies and beautiful harmonies will always be celebrated, remembered for the emotions they evoked once upon a time.

Nevertheless, it does flawlessly capture Quincy Jones’ incomparable contributions to black history as well as the entertainment industry. Whether you’re into music or not, it’s a great documentary and you’re bound to love it.

Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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