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Four Classic Albums (The Modern Jazz Quartet / Django / Fontessa / The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn) [Original recording remastered]

The Modern Jazz Quartet Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B001BHTNC2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Medley from The Modern Jazz QuartetThey Say It's WonderfulHow Deep Is The OceanI Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With YouMy Old FlameBody And Soul
2. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea from The Modern Jazz Quartet
3. La Ronde: Drums from The Modern Jazz Quartet
4. Night In Tunisia from The Modern Jazz Quartet
5. Yesterdays from The Modern Jazz Quartet
6. Bags' Groove from The Modern Jazz Quartet
7. Barden-Barden from The Modern Jazz Quartet
8. Django from Django
9. One Bass Hit from Django
10. La Ronde Suite Part 1: Piano from Django
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Versailles from Fontessa
2. Angel Eyes from Fontessa
3. Fontessa from Fontessa
4. Over The Rainbow from Fontessa
5. Bluesology from Fontessa
6. Willow Weep For Me from Fontessa
7. Woodyn You from Fontessa
8. Oh, Bess, Oh, Where's My Bess from Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn
9. A Fugue For Music Inn from Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn
10. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West from Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Well AVID Entertainment have an even better deal with their latest release on their Avid Jazz imprint.
Including original LP liner notes Avid Jazz presents 4 original classic albums by The Modern Jazz Quartet and all for an incredible budget price!
`The Modern Jazz Quartet'; `Django'; `Music Inn' and `Fontessa', are presented here on a superbly re-mastered double CD offering the listener what is probably the finest sound quality they will ever hear!

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MID-FIFTIES CHAMBER JAZZ 8 July 2008
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure why the decision was taken to ignore chronological sequence, but CD 1 kicks off with the group-titled April 1957 album, before regressing to the earlier "Django", noteworthy for the four-part "La Ronde Suite" and for drummer Kenny Clarke's last studio appearance with the quartet. The second CD contains two 1956 albums; the earlier stately "Fontessa" which drew inspiration from the improvised form of the Renaissance commedia dell'arte, and the August "Music Inn" session at which clarinettist Jimmy Giuffre guested on three tracks. This is essentially cerebral music, appreciation of which is aided by the crisp and clear remastering. A considerable bargain.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MJQ Just Get Better With Time 29 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought these albums as LPs back in the mid 60s. They were part of my introduction to Modern Jazz. What attracted me to the MJQ was the unusual combination of the traditional drums, piano and bass with the vibraphone in the expert hands of Milt Jackson. The diversity in the tracks on these two CDs will appeal to a wide audience of 'oldie' jazz fans as well as those new to the genre. It was groundbreaking music when it first came out, and it has stood the test of time and has still got that unique quality which has remained unsurpassed for half a century.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea - Yet... 28 Nov 2009
By Lewis Graham VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album when it popped up on Amazon as a recommendation. I already had one MJQ album and enjoyed it, so even though it meant repeating some tracks I felt it was good value.

These four albums are at a high-point in the quartets career. Excellent playing, excellent inter-pay between players, this could be the Amadeus Quartet playing Beethoven: it is special music making.

Then I played the tracks on my iPod and something was wrong. Eventually going home to my main hi-fi (mostly valves and the price of a small car) did the problem become clear. The remastering of the CDs is duff. The original CD I have of "The Modern Jazz Quartet" of the track "Bag's Groove" was fully alive: the one on this album sounded muddy. The vibraphone lacks the shimmer expected, the drums are all wrong and the piano is distant. Whilst it might be argued that on an iPod no-one would know or care, having listened to it on my iPod Classic with reasonable headphone you truly can hear a difference.

I am disappointed at this disc in a way that I rarely am with many releases. It had a lot of promise and offers the chance to share this music with non-Jazz people, but not if it sounds this poor. There are much better editions than these.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Abomination To Some Classic Albums 26 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Whilst, on the face of it, this cd looks to be great value, what with four classic Modern Jazz Quartet albums, it is in all actuality far from it.

Upon listening to the first track it became immediately evident that the sound quality was not up to par. However in a move of misplaced faith in the skills of the people at "avid jazz" I listened to the whole collection, desperately hoping for just one track whose mastering quality didn't resemble a flatulent elephant; dull and grey with copious amounts of unwanted noise.

Having compared the tracks with alternative releases of both Django and Fontessa I can be absolutely positive that the problem is not a fault of the original recordings. Rather the problem lies with the farce that is Avid ltd.

Avid claims the tracks on the two cds have been "digitally remastered, for probably the finest ever sound quality". Either they are deaf, ignorant, or barefaced lying. I wonder which of the three is more likely.

What's more is that the problems mentioned above are not limited to this release, Having purchased several avid jazz releases in one big mistake of a decision I found that the problem appears to span their entire catalogue. In fact I was amazed (and almost impressed) to find the problem of sound quality escalated to unprecedented heights on certain tracks.

My suggestion to anyone looking to buy this, or any other release by Avid ltd, is to put aside any enticement at the low price and avoid their thoroughly butchered classics like the plague.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great disaster 3 Jan 2012
By Spriren
Format:Audio CD
The albums are very important but the remaster is poor, in my country we say
"They threw the baby out with the bath water throughout"
In an attempt to eliminate the background noise have killed high-frequency sounding too gloomy.
Buy the original cd's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 4 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
My favourite Jazz piece is "The man that got away" played by John Lewis at Music Inn. I have had the LP for over 50 years. But it's a bit scratchy.
The only CD versions before this , inexplicably omitted this track!
But this is complete, and fantastic value, with the 3 other LPs as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for style and ambience and music 16 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoy real music, laced with jazz rhythms and glorious harmonies then you cannot go far wrong with this. In its time it as big a find as Vivaldi or Rachmaninov if you have not heard them before. The quality of the remastering is very high too. I know because I have the original vinyl version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to swing with 14 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I say it's "music to swing with" because the last track I heard before a round of golf was Django which kept playing in my head throughout the game - I consider it no coincidence that I played well that day! It has to be said that I need to pick the tracks that I genuinely enjoy but out of 4 LPs I feel I've got my money's worth. Some of it may be an acquired taste and yet there a a few tracks that jazz-lovers will take to immediately. It's lovely music to play at home alone if you are preparing a meal, drinking, reading or perhaps studying.
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