QUINCY JONES REFLECTIONS: Live at Budokan ’81 (1981)(Remastered from LaserDisc to DVD)


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Released exclusively on the long since discontinued and deleted format LaserDisc only and only in Japan in 1988, the following has NEVER been released on DVD until NOW!

This REMASTERED DVD is sourced directly from the original high quality LaserDisc to DVD for the first time ever! Quality is unmatched as it transferred from the long since deleted Japanese LaserDisc from OVER THIRTY THREE years ago.

Background: This concert to put it simply is extremely rare. Why? Because there is ONLY ONE version of this existing artifact of this classic concert tour, it is a Japanese only import LaserDisc. This one of a kind early 1981 performance of Quincy Jones and all of his collaborators listed below in detail, was, never released on VHS in any country, was never released on LaserDisc in any country. There is only ONE EXCEPTION and this is the Japanese Imported LaserDisc from which this REMASTERED DVD comes from. Even now the amazingly rare Japanese only LaserDisc of this concert goes for over $80.00 used. Still to this day, this vintage concert has NEVER been officially released on DVD until NOW! So here it is for the first time ever on DVD for all the collectors of this one of a kind icon musician/producer Mr. Quincy Jones.

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Description: Quincy Jones has been known for his magnificent arrangements and compositions. In his entire musical career, he has produced albums from different well known artists like Michael Jackson, James Ingram, Frank Sinatra and more.

This rare concert starts off with an interview with Quincy in the studio discussing his music. The live concert was recorded by NHK Television & FM Radio at The Budokan Hall, Budokan in Tokyo Japan on July 9th, 1981. A shortened version of this performance was broadcasted on Japanese television shortly there after on August 2, 1981 as “Quincy Jones Live In Tokyo”. Eventually a more complete version of the concert was released on LaserDisc seven years later in 1988. Quincy played along with Carlos Rios – guitar, Toots Thielemans – guitar and harmonica. Played his ever popular song Bluesette with whistling effects and Brown Ballad composed by Quincy Jones. Patti Austin – singing – Razzmatazz, James Ingram – singing – Just Once and I know Corrida. The singers are all accompanied by a 50 piece -Tokyo String Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Jones as the conductor. If you are a big fan of Quincy Jones you will surely love to watch this concert. It will bring you back in the 80’s. An hour of good swinging jazz melodies from the maestro himself Mr.Quincy Jones.

“This was back in 1981 at the Tokyo Budokan & maaan we had a blast!! I’d never seen someone play a harmonica the way Toots did or the way Jerry Hey commanded that trumpet. Unbelievable…And don’t get me started on Patti Austin and James Ingram!!…It makes my soul smile to share these memories with yawl…” Quincy Jones


1. Ironside
2. What’s Goin’ On
3. Just Once
4. Razzamatazz
5. Killer Joe
6. Bluesette
7. Brown Ballad
8. Manteca
9. Ai No Corrida

Total Running Time is 56 Minutes 42 Seconds


Orchestra Credits

Bass – Louis Johnson
Cameraman – Bruce Oldham
Conductor, Executive-Producer – Quincy Jones
Directed By – Myles Kidder
Drums – John Robinson
Flugelhorn – Jerry Hey
Guitar – Toots Thielemans
Harmonica – Toots Thielemans
Keyboards – Greg Phillinganes, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton
Lead Guitar – Carlos Rios
Orchestra – Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats*
Orchestra [Strings] – The Cupid Strings
Percussion – Ollie Brown
Saxophone – Peter Christlieb*
Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Jerome Richardson
Vocals – James Ingram, Janna Tyler, Patti Austin, Peggy Lipton Jones*, Vivien Cherry

Crew Credits

Engineer – Bruce Swedien
Executive-Producer – Jan Steinmann
Mixed By – Doug Nelson, Larry Sullivan


Additional information

Weight.25 lbs


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