Well, it is.... jazz (spell it jazz, jass or jasz) has a very broad church. The main benefit of a release like this is that you get at a bargain price eight very different albums by the same musicians. The MJQ were never static in their approach and (par exemple) on CD3 "Fontessa" (1956) is a very different affair to "Third Stream Music" (1957) which occupies the disc from track 8.
The remainder of the CDs are occupied with
CD1: "Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet" (1953) / "An exceptional encounter(with Ben Webster)" (1953)
CD2: "Django" (1956) / "Concorde" (1955)
CD4: "Odds against Tomorrow" (1959) - a film soundtrack / "Pyramid" (1959)
I've had Fontessa and Concorde (which was a 10" LP) for years and find them calming (I used to do my homework to their accompaniment!). This set has given me a chance to hear them snap, crackle and pop-free as well as explore the changing nuances of some very smooth jazz...
Half a century on, and ignoring stereotypes like beardies in poloneck sweaters drinking espresso ("Niiice") these CDs should prove a revelation to the serious student of jazz and even to those who seek the inner peace music can bring.
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE for the money and the transfers are EXCELLENT