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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

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.


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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Fontessa, The Modern Jazz Quartet
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1956

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