This Vulture interview with music legend Quincy Jones is pure heaven, doubly-so if you are a fan of jazz, triply-so if you are a fan of jaw-dropping sudden revelations suddenly inserted into a conversation by an individual who doesn’t have any more fucks to give.
During the sprawling interview, Jones accuses Michael Jackson of being a thief, says the Beatles were “no-playing motherfuckers,” insinuates that the Clintons had “secrets,” claims that the mob killed John F. Kennedy, calls Harvey Weinstein a “jive motherfucker,” and says that Marlon Brando allegedly had sex with Richard Pryor.
I can’t tell if Jones was kidding about that last item, but here is the entire quote:
[Marlon] Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.
And while we’re at it, here’s the JFK quote, when asked who really ordered the assassination of the president:
[Chicago mobster Sam] Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.
Jones also claims he dated Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, describing the president as “a crazy motherfucker.”
And when asked if he can hear the spirit of jazz in pop music today, he replied:
No. People gave it up to chase money. When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that shit, God walks out of the room. I have never in my life made music for money or fame. Not even Thriller. No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money. You could spend a million dollars on a piano part and it won’t make you a million dollars back. That’s just not how it works.