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

The Modern Jazz Quartet Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B002ASVYP0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bluesology 5:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Golden Striker 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bags' Groove 5:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. De Capo 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vendome 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Django 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. England's Carol [German Symphony Orchestra Version] 6:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lonely Woman 6:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Animal Dance 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Sheriff 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bachianas Brasileiras 5:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Walkin' Stomp 4:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Precious Joy 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. For Ellington 8:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Fugue For Music Inn [Live at Music Inn] 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fun [with Jimmy Giuffre] 5:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Night In Tunisia (Live Version) 7:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Remember Clifford (European Concert Version) 5:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Midsommer (Concert In Japan '66 Version) 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Winter Tale (Concert In Japan '66 Version) 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Live at Lincoln Center New York City) 6:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 'Round Midnight (Live at Lincoln Center New York City) 7:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Skating in Central Park (Live at Lincoln Center) 6:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Blues In Bergerie (Previously Unissued) 6:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Romance (Previously Unissued) 7:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. The Trip (Previously Unissued) 3:470.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

Amidst the current flurry of releases from young guns redefining the boundaries of jazz, this compilation gives a timely reminder of the established jazz values they are questioning. The Modern Jazz Quartet had a long, distinguished career because generations of listeners found their music cool and easy on the ear.

Their combination of piano, vibraphone, bass and drums gave the MJQ an instantly recognisable sparse sound that was hugely influential. The absence of brass or saxophones concentrated attention on John Lewis's piano and Milt Jackson's vibes. The two complemented each other beautifully, indulging in call-and-response and creating interweaving melody lines.

All four players had their roots in bebop, having played with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, giving the quartet an innate sense of swing. As well as cool jazz, MJQ were also influential in the combination of jazz and classical music known as Third Stream.

This produced striking combinations of material. Included here are jazz versions of the sprightly Bachianas Brasileiras by Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, the carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and the Bach cantata Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, alongside jazz staples such as Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight and Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman.

However, most compositions here are MJQ originals, including Jackson's Bag's Groove and Lewis' Django, both of which became popular jazz standards in their own right. In typical MJQ fashion, both pieces display a smooth surface beneath which lie greater complexities, so they sound better the more one listens to them.

In an extensive discography, many of the quartet's best releases were live recordings. This anthology wisely includes one disc of studio-recorded tracks and a second focussing on concert recordings. Live, the quartet sounded slightly rougher than in the studio, stretching out and exploring pieces more.

This release is an excellent overview of the MJQ's career, including most of their finest moments. It makes a good starting point for beginners. Established fans will be attracted by its inclusion of three unreleased tracks recorded in 1971 as part of the sessions that produced the Plastic Dreams album. --John Eyles

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5.0 out of 5 stars Real cool man. 17 Nov 2013
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What a fantastic couple of discs this is. I took a gamble on buying this wondering if it was going to meet with my expectations but more than that, it greatly exceeded them.
If you want to introduce the MJQ to a friend then you won't do better than this. This will demonstrate to them what true musicianship is all about. Too often today we are drowned by the sound of musicians who have basic three chord skills and they are hailed by crowds of adoring fans for this threadbare talent.
You won't need drugs to enjoy this music, just a clear head to appreciate the consummate skill of real musicians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 Aug 2014
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It is different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
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A classic set!!!
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