A number of thoughts on a variety of topics from the man who made "Thriller" with Michael Jackson. From Manzine Issue IV: Quart EdizioneTweet
On Long-haired dictionaries & advice for young men
"The best advice I had when I was young was from Vin Webster. He said, 'youngblood, step into my office, I gotta pull your coat,' which means I wanna tell you something important. 'Everywhere you go, eat the food the people eat, listen to the music they listen to, and learn 30-40 words in every language'. I speak Greek, Farsi Turkish, French, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian - I'm not talking fluently, but I like to get around. They say a long-haired dictionary is the best way to learn an language. I got two girls in China teaching me in Mandarin, writing and speaking. You learn fast, man, because you paying attention" [Quincy Jones then writes his name out in Chinese, Arabic and Japanese].
On being referred to as The First Superproducer
"I don't think about that stuff. Somebody else makes that decision. I do the best I can, okay? Do you rank yourself? No. Neither do I. It's silly. It's a waste of time."
On Joe Pesci
"Joe Pesci can sing his ass off."
On Cockney Rhyming Slang & Michael Caine
"Michael Caine and I did 'The Italian Job' in '68. We were recording at the Olympic [studios] - the Stones were in doing 'Sympathy for the Devil' at night and we were in during the day doing the movie score. He was teaching me Cockney rhyming slang, and said. 'Quincy, you don't speak the fucking rhyme, the Gregory Peck bit. You say the first word, just the one word, so nobody knows what the fuck you're talking about.'
He saw a beautiful cellist in the front row and said, 'Quincy, take a pipe between the Scotch and check out the grumble... watch the boat on the ice cream when it checks out the Bristol's on that Richard.' Its like bebop talk, which is where hip hop talk came from."