Modern Jazz Quartet Memoriam

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Sheriff (1964) {Atlantic}  Music

Posted by tiburon at April 16, 2018
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Sheriff (1964) {Atlantic}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Sheriff (1964) {Atlantic}
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Genre: Cool, Hard Bop

Recorded in 1963, The Sheriff features the Modern Jazz Quartet in fine swinging form. The program is not as sharply focused as on some of the earlier Atlantic releases, but it is compelling nonetheless. There are four originals by pianist John Lewis, including the fleeting, bluesy title cut, and the moody, spacious "In a Crowd," – originally composed for the 1961 film A Milanese Story. Its stepped-up time signature and series of phrases played by Milt Jackson grounds the tune in blues, but Lewis' solo feels more like a solo trumpet breezing through the center. The set includes Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras," a classical piece the quartet first performed with guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Bassist Percy Heath is stellar here, playing both arco and pizzicato and alternately moving the work forward with deftness and precision. Lewis and Jackson engage in gorgeous counterpoint throughout.

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Lonely Woman (1962) {Atlantic}  Music

Posted by tiburon at April 16, 2018
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Lonely Woman (1962) {Atlantic}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Lonely Woman (1962) {Atlantic}
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Genre: Cool, Hard Bop

Having sponsored Ornette Coleman at the School of Jazz near Lennox, MA, pianist and composer John Lewis helped launch the controversial career of one of the last great innovators in jazz. Lewis' support of the ragtag Texas native was somewhat unique in jazz circles at the time and even surprising, especially considering the gulf between the classical jazz formality of his group the Modern Jazz Quartet and Coleman's radical notions of free improvisation. Nevertheless, Lewis not only saw in Coleman the first jazz genius since bebop's Parker, Gillespie, and Monk, but put pay to the praise with the MJQ's 1962 rendition of one of Coleman's most famous numbers, "Lonely Woman." (Along with Art Pepper's 1960 version of "Tears Inside," this was one of the earliest of Coleman covers done.)
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concert In Japan Vol.2 (1966) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27455}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concert In Japan Vol.2 (1966) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27455}
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© 1966, 2013 Atlantic / Warner Japan / Rhino | WPCR-27455 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Cool / Third Stream

Features 24 bit digital remastering. An excellent Japanese performance from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a set that was issued in a bit of a lull during their 60s American years for Atlantic Records – which makes it even more important as a key part of their catalog at the time! The 1966 date has the combo in fine form – and almost stepping out with a bit of added soulfulness, in ways that echo some of the styles that Milt Jackson was exploring on his own at the time, and which seem to be brought back to the group! Milt's vibes are wonderful – ringing out with a great sense of pride and presence that may well go beyond earlier MJQ material.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concert In Japan Vol.1 (1966) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27454}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concert In Japan Vol.1 (1966) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27454}
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© 1966, 2013 Atlantic / Warner Japan / Rhino | WPCR-27454 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Cool / Third Stream

Features 24 bit digital remastering. An excellent Japanese performance from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a set that was issued in a bit of a lull during their 60s American years for Atlantic Records – which makes it even more important as a key part of their catalog at the time! The 1966 date has the combo in fine form – and almost stepping out with a bit of added soulfulness, in ways that echo some of the styles that Milt Jackson was exploring on his own at the time, and which seem to be brought back to the group! Milt's vibes are wonderful – ringing out with a great sense of pride and presence that may well go beyond earlier MJQ material.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Complete Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige & Pablo Recordings (2003) {4CD Set}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Complete Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige & Pablo Recordings (2003) {4CD Set}
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© 50s, 80s, 2003 Fantasy / Prestige / Pablo | 4PRCD 4438-2
Jazz / Third Stream / Bop / Cool

In typical Fantasy Records aplomb, this four-CD set collects the eight albums which the Modern Jazz Quartet either mentored or collaborated on during their tenure at the commencement and nadir of their reign as jazz's premier chamber ensemble. Beginning with the 1952 issue of Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson Quintet recording (the earlier Milt Jackson Quartet sides are not here for obvious reasons, as the band did not commence its fully developed form on them) featuring original drummer Kenny Clarke before Connie Kay replaced him, and ending with This One's For Basie in 1985; the association the MJQ had with Prestige was a monumental one.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Artistry Of The Modern Jazz Quartet (1986) [Reissue 2006] (Repost)

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Artistry Of The Modern Jazz Quartet (1986) [Reissue 2006]
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Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records (00025218301626)

Spanning one of the few transitional periods for the Modern Jazz Quartet when Connie Kay replaced Kenny Clarke as the group's drummer, The Artistry of the Modern Jazz Quartet covers the years from 1952-1955. By this point in the group's career, John Lewis was largely overseeing the quartet's repertoire, penning the bulk of the original material. Indeed, on The Artistry Of, the pianist contributes six compositions to Milt Jackson's one (the excellent "Ralph's New Blues"). The set is balanced out by renditions of the most common of jazz standards in "Almost Like Falling in Love," "I'll Remember April," and "In a Sentimental Mood," and the work of more contemporary artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins…

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Pyramid (1960) [Reissue 2003]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 29, 2018
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Pyramid (1960) [Reissue 2003]

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Pyramid (1960) [Reissue 2003]
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Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Atlantic (81227 3679-2)

This is a strong recording from the Modern Jazz Quartet, with inventive versions of John Lewis' "Vendome," Ray Brown's "Pyramid," Jim Hall's "Romaine," and Lewis' famous "Django," along with cooking jams on "How High the Moon" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." The MJQ had become a jazz institution by this time, but they never lost their creative edge, and their performances (even on the remakes) are quite stimulating, enthusiastic, and fresh.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings 1956-1964 (2011) {7 CD Box Set Mosaic MD7-249}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings 1956-1964 (2011) {7 CD Box Set Mosaic MD7-249}
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© 1956-64, 2011 Mosaic / Atlantic / Rhino | MD7-249
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Third Stream / Piano / Vibes

That sound. One group conceived it. Defined it. Perfected it. The Modern Jazz Quartet was certainly one of the most distinctive voices in the history of jazz, thanks to the unique qualities of personal expression and collective vision of its members Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Connie Kay (who had replaced original drummer Kenny Clarke by the time the band started recording this music). They were also exceptionally prolific during their tenure at Atlantic Records, producing 14 albums in eight years. And now, that MJQ sound gets the complete respect it deserves, thanks to our new box, The Complete 1956-1964 Modern Jazz Quartet Atlantic Studio Recordings.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Blues On Bach (1974) [Reissue 2002] (Repost)

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Blues On Bach (1974) [Reissue 2002]
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Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Atlantic (81227 3629-2)

This album has an interesting concept, alternating four original blues with five adaptations of melodies from classical works by Bach. The Modern Jazz Quartet had long been quite adept in both areas, and despite a certain lack of variety on this set (alternating back and forth between the two styles somewhat predictably), the music is largely enjoyable. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist John Lewis (doubling here on harpsichord), bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Connie Kay were still all very much in their musical prime during the 21st year of the MJQ's existence.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - More From The Last Concert (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27938}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - More From The Last Concert (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27938}
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© 1974, 2014 Atlantic / Warner Japan / Rhino | WPCR-27938 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Cool / Third Stream

More material from the famous Last Concert record from the MJQ – not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match.