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Four Classic Albums Plus (The Modern Jazz Sextet / No Sun In Venice / Grand Encounter / At The Opera House / The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music) CD

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  • Audio CD (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: AVID Jazz
  • ASIN: B0021AY35U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Modern Jazz Sextet: Tour De Force - The Modern Jazz Sextet
2. The Modern Jazz Sextet: Dizzy Meets Sonny - The Modern Jazz Sextet
3. The Modern Jazz Sextet: : Ballad Medley: (a) Old Folks (b) What s New? (c) How Deep Is The Ocean? - The Modern Jazz Sextet
4. The Modern Jazz Sextet: Mean To Me - The Modern Jazz Sextet
5. The Modern Jazz Sextet: Blues For Bird - The Modern Jazz Sextet
6. Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice: The Golden Striker - The Modern Jazz Quartet
7. Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice: One Never Knows - The Modern Jazz Quartet
8. Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice: The Rose Truc - The Modern Jazz Quartet
9. Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice: Cortege - The Modern Jazz Quartet
10. Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice: Venice - The Modern Jazz Quartet
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Grand Encounter: Love Me Or Leave Me - John Lewis
2. Grand Encounter: I Can t Get Started - John Lewis
3. Grand Encounter: Easy Living - John Lewis
4. Grand Encounter: 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West - John Lewis
5. Grand Encounter: Skylark - John Lewis
6. Grand Encounter: Almost Like Being In Love - John Lewis
7. The Modern Jazz Quartet At The Opera House: Norman Granz Introduction - The Modern Jazz Quartet
8. The Modern Jazz Quartet At The Opera House: D And E Blues - The Modern Jazz Quartet
9. The Modern Jazz Quartet At The Opera House: Now s The Time - The Modern Jazz Quartet
10. The Modern Jazz Quartet At The Opera House: Round Midnight - The Modern Jazz Quartet
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Includes the following albums: 'The Modern Jazz Sextet', 'The Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun in Venice', 'The Modern Jazz Quartet: Grand Encounter', 'The Modern Jazz Quartet at the Opera House', 'The Modern Jazz Society Presents a Concert of Contemporary Music'.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Pease on 10 May 2009
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Yet another absolute gem from the Avid Jazz label containing one set that has been missing from the catalogues far too long.
CD 1 kicks off with the 5 tracks from "The Modern Jazz Sextet" a 1956 session featuring Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt with John Lewis, Percy Heath Skeeter Best (gtr) and Charlie Persip (dms). This is music of the highest quality with everyone at the top of their game. Rounding off the frist CD is the complete "No Sun In Venice" sessions from the Modern Jazz Quartet. I had not heard this in its entirety before and thoroughly enjoyed the cleverly composed and arranged score.
CD 2 starts with all 6 tracks from the album "Grand Encounter 2 Degrees East- 3 Degrees West" featuring Lewis, Bill Perkins, Percy Heath, Jim Hall and Chico Hamilton. This is a superb example of jazz with "none of the tempos above a fast walk". This must be the finest session ever put on record by Perkins but, once again, everyone is on top form. Next up are three tracks from the MJQ being half of the album "The MJQ and the Oscar Peterson Trio at the Opera House". This is a short set but more of an out and out jazz one than usual. Recording quality not so good as the other tracks but still worthwhile.
Last, but no no means least, we have, at long last, the re-issue of "The Modern Jazz Society" sub-titled "A concert of contemporary music". The session was supervised by Lewis who does not play. All five pieces were composed by Lewis and the soloists include Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson, Lucky Thompson, Tony Scott and Aaron Sachs. This was labelled third stream when it first appeared but is rightly considered a classic that has been un-available for far too long. The solo by Getz on "The Queen's Fancy" is worth the price alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Butterfield on 12 May 2010
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When I first moved into a flat with 3 others in the early sixties, a lot of these tracks, which we had on vinyl, we played over and over again - until you could almost see through the L.P's. The pleasure they gave us was immeasurable. I purloined the "Grand Encounter L.P." from my flat mate Ron Fergy and seeing the compilation reminded me of my longterm "borrowing". I sent one of your C.D.'s to him recently with a note saying "Long term debt repaid after 45 years."
They sound just as good to me today as they did then and at the offer price they are a steal and I have already bought 7 copies, one for myself and the others as presents.
If you like Lewis and/or the M.J.Q. you won't be disappointed. The C.D. is worth the price just for "No Sun in Venice" alone. Sit back and enjoy !
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There is some excellent music on this selection. The first CD is from 1956 and features John Lewis with Gillespie, Stitt (alto), Heath, Skeeter Best (gtr), Persip. This is a fine "post bebop" sextet recording. Gillespie and Stitt are on top form and are well supported by the rest of the group. Then there is the music from the film "No Sun In Venice" by the MJQ (JL, MJ, Ph, CC) recorded 1957. Six tracks including the well known " The Golden Striker". Again excellent.
The second CD starts with "Grand Encounter" from 1956 featuring JL, PH, Bill Perkins (tnr), Chico Hamilton (d) and finally but not lastly the fabulous guitarist, Jim Hall who is well featured. Bill Perkins plays well. An excellent album. Then three MJQ tracks from a concert recording from 1957 are squeezed in before the final album: "A Concert of Modern Music" featuring a group of well knowns e.g. Stan Getz, JJ Johnson and others less well known....but no John Lewis! He composed the five tunes (which incidentally are misnamed on the sleeve and included, otherwise helpful, booklet). Some good music here, but it seems strange not to include performances by John Lewis.
One star deducted because of the fourth album. Otherwise an excellent good value for money purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Peel on 3 May 2011
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Worthy replacement for Vinyls lost or lent and never returned...
'Modern Jazz Society' and 'Modern Jazz Sextet' particularly interesting.
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One Never Knows (efter the french movie Sait-on Jamais) is MJQ's best recording in parallell with European Concert.
With a proper Hi-fi equipment it partly sounds heavenly.
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By D. H. Rimmer on 9 Dec. 2010
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There's not much I can say about this other than ,if you like the M.J.Q.and John Lewis,go out and buy it straight away,four albums plus it's an absolute bargain.
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