‘Melody’ Missing from Music Industry, Quincy Jones Says

By Nicholas Ballasy | October 28, 2009 | 7:07 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Legendary record producer and songwriter Quincy Jones told CNSNews.com that he would like to see more “melody” in the music industry today.
CNSNews.com asked Jones the following on the red carpet at the Ludacris Foundation gala over the weekend: “Is there anything more you’d like to see in the music industry that you think is lacking?”
“Yeah, I’d like to see more music – just melody. I miss melody,” the Grammy award-winner said before the gala. “Melody is God’s voice, you know? And they’re [musicians today] getting there – they are. They’re all my dogs. I know. We talk.”
Quincy Jones was being honored by rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ Foundation with the “Chairman’s Award” for his commitment to community service.
According to its Web site, The Ludacris Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that “inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development.”

CNSNews.com also asked the Grammy award-winner what artists today are keeping music alive and living up to the standard that he set.  
“Let’s start with Ludacris. He’s amazing,” Jones said.
“I know who all the guys are,” said Jones. “I’m around them all the time – more and more, trying to get them into understanding where they came from so it helps you to get further where you’re going.
“The whole picture is what’s important because this – I want them to be just as aware of Charlie Parker, [John] Coltrane, Duke Ellington, as they are the Last Poets. You know what I’m saying? It’s all the same thing man – exactly the same. Blues, jazz, hip-hop – it’s all the same stuff. It’s sociology, you know. So, let’s know what’s up,” Jones added.
Quincy Jones has received 79 Grammy Award nominations and won 27 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He has worked with musicians Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, among others. He is perhaps most famous for producing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, which is the second best-selling album of all time.