The Modern Jazz Quartet
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||Versailles (Porte de Versailles)||The Modern Jazz Quartet||3:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Angel Eyes||The Modern Jazz Quartet||3:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fontessa||The Modern Jazz Quartet||11:23||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Over the Rainbow||The Modern Jazz Quartet||3:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bluesology||The Modern Jazz Quartet||5:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Willow Weep for Me||The Modern Jazz Quartet||4:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Woodyn You||The Modern Jazz Quartet||4:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
This LP has a particularly strong all-around set by the Modern Jazz Quartet. While John Lewis' "Versailles" and an 11-minute "Fontessa" show the seriousness of the group (and the influence of Western classical music), other pieces (such as "Bluesology," "Woody 'N You" and a pair of ballads) look toward the group's roots in bop and permit the band to swing hard.
You'll find yourself putting this one on Auto-Repeat!
Great blending of Vibes, Piano, Drums and Bass ... easy on the ears and a rhapsodic experience for the senses. Each cut on the album has a "fingerprint" of its own ... even the two ballads (Angel Eyes and Willow Weep for Me) are uniquely MJQ. I enjoy every toe-tapping, head-bobbing, body-swaying minute. If you like music that "feels" different each time you listen to it, then this one is for you.
Old... and great!
I was 16 when this was first released, and had never heard of the MJQ. It wasn't until I got into college that I began to appreciate the special kind of jazz these guys represented. Since you're reading this we can assume that you're already a fan. Well, do the world a favor and send this to a 16-year-old that you love. It's MJQ at their early best.
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s