Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from An Introduction To The Modern Jazz Quartet, Vol. 1 by The Modern Jazz Quartet, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

An Introduction To The Modern Jazz Quartet, Vol. 1

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

This EP collects a handful of selections from three separate Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) dates circa 1954 and 1955. These recordings actually cross between the Kenny Clarke (drums) and Connie Kay (drums) eras; in fact, Kay's first session contained the reading of "I'll Remember April" which kicks off Modern Jazz Quartet, Vol. 2 (1955). Rather than re-creating the standard ballad, they accelerate a tempo that courses right down the center of the rhythm section, immediately heralding Kay's effortless and impeccable timing. The remainder of the MJQ, Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano) and Percy Heath (bass) likewise rise to the occasion, exerting some of their most sinuous and assertive communications to date. "Django" contrasts with the airy and enigmatic tune that recalls the work of guitarist Django Reinhardt, to whom Lewis dedicates his composition. The cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "One Bass Hit" is understated and refined, taking the song to a less conspicuous place as the familiar melody weaves around Heath's pulsating and focused runs. The languid and tranquil "Milano" is a scintillating ballad that remains at once discreet, yet provides an unquestionably palpable opulence. One of the focal points of this volume is the extended four-part "La Ronde Suite." Here the MJQ are provided with the unique opportunity to solo and accompany simultaneously, as each player takes the lead in what are essentially four disparate improvisations and well placed instrumental interactions. Modern enthusiasts can find these sides — along with a host of additional sessions cuts — on the respective Prestige long players, MJQ and Django. Both titles are heartily recommended for MJQ and other post-bop jazz fans.


Formed: 1952

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke first came together as the rhythm section of the 1946 Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra and they had occasional features that gave the overworked brass players a well-deserved rest. They next came together in 1951, recording as the Milt Jackson Quartet. In 1952, with Percy Heath taking Brown's place, the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) became a permanent group. Other than Connie Kay succeeding Clarke in 1955, the band's...
Full bio

Top Albums and Songs by The Modern Jazz Quartet

Listeners Also Bought

An Introduction To The Modern Jazz Quartet, Vol. 1, The Modern Jazz Quartet
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Influenced by this Artist