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Bluesology: The Modern Jazz Quartet Anthology - The Atlantic Years 1956-1988

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This two-disc collection, Bluesology: The Modern Jazz Quartet Anthology, brings together tracks recorded by the influential jazz ensemble from throughout their time with Atlantic Records. A sophisticated chamber jazz ensemble centered around pianist John Lewis, the Modern Jazz Quartet became known for its compositional, classical-influenced approach to jazz that nonetheless retained plenty of swinging improvisation. Bluesology provides a superb overview of the group's career from the '50s through the '70s.


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...
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Bluesology: The Modern Jazz Quartet Anthology - The Atlantic Years 1956-1988, The Modern Jazz Quartet
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Hard Bop
  • Released: 13 July 2009

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