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Might Be Their Best Collection

I originally bought this as a double vinyl twofer back in the late 70s. Then and now I consider it the best overall MJQ "best of" collection ever. To me it's even got the edge over
the four-disc box set, which while obviously more thorough, isn't as concise. Anyone who doesn't quite get the MJQ but wants to understand them would find it well worth
their time to buy this set and just sit back and listen. Some of the classiest jazz ever recorded by the classiest jazz act ever to exist. If I could give it 10 stars, I would! By the
way, I couldn't get through the holidays each year without their "England's Carol" (track #5) at least a dozen times. Legendary.

Biography

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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The Art of the Modern Jazz Quartet - The Atlantic Years, The Modern Jazz Quartet
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1973

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