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Golden Age: Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-60(4CD) Box set


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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Enlightenment
  • ASIN: B00BNGYU6K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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 band's personnel was set. In the early days Jackson and Lewis both were equally responsible for the group's musical direction but the pianist eventually took over as musical director. The MJQ has long displayed John Lewis' musical vision, making jazz seem respectable by occasionally interacting with classical ensembles and playing concerts at prestigious venues, but always leaving plenty of space for bluesy and swinging improvising. Their repertoire, in addition to including veteran bop and swing pieces, introduced such originals as Lewis' "Django" and Jackson's "Bags' Groove." The group recorded for Prestige (1952-55), Atlantic (1956-74), Verve (1957), United Artists (1959) and were even snapped up by The Beatles Apple imprint (1967-69). in addition to the many quartet outings, they welcomed such guests as Jimmy Giuffre, Sonny Rollins, the Beaux Arts String Quartet, a symphony orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller, singer Diahann Carroll (on one piece), Laurindo Almeida, a big band and the Swingle Singers. Although the musicians all had opportunities to pursue individual projects, in 1974 Milt Jackson, tired of the constant touring and the limitations set on his improvising, quit the group, causing The MJQ to play a final tour and break up. In 1981 Jackson relented and the Modern Jazz Quartet (which has recorded further albums for Pablo and Atlantic) became active again albeit on a more ad-hoc basis. Connie Kay's health began to fade in the early '90s (Mickey Roker often filled in for him) and after his death in 1995, Albert "Tootie" Heath became his replacement. This 4 CD collection captures MJQ s complete output for the Atlantic label from their inception through to the end of 1960 for many, nay most, the golden era of the mighty Modern Jazz Quartet s sublime and extraordinary music.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RacingCertainty on 31 Jan 2014
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Some of my earliest jazz experiences were in the late 50's and early 60's at a friend's house listening to his parents' vinyl records of the MJQ. I've bought one or two albums already but faced with all the Atlantic recordings in one box i gave my other albums to a friend and bought this set. I'm thrilled with it - the group are caught at the top of their game and the sound is excellent, given the age of the recordings - still the epitome of west coast cool!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By billyb on 9 Nov 2013
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If you want the lion's share of MJQ's Atlantic output, then this is the one to go for. Fantastic value!!
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By Samuel on 26 Dec 2014
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Timeless stuff. A must-have.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Williams on 10 Aug 2014
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The music was generally OK. I have been a fan of their work for 50 years. The presentation box is of poor standard and arrived in a broken state with the disc retainers (plastic) in the centre of each section were broken and not readily useable.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug 2013
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I have loved this period of jazz history since I first purchased "One Never Knows" at the age of sixteen.
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