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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B008MMFBOS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Django
  2. Romaine
  3. Vendome
  4. Pyramid
  5. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  6. How High the Moon

Disc: 2

  1. De Capo
  2. Fine
  3. Exposure
  4. Sketch
  5. Conversation

Disc: 3

  1. Around the Blues (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)
  2. Divertimento (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)
  3. England's Carol (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)
  4. First Movement (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)
  5. Second Movement: Passagaglia (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)
  6. Third Movement (Feat. German Symphony Orchestra)

Disc: 4

  1. Why Are You Blue
  2. Lonely Woman
  3. Animal Dance
  4. New York 19
  5. Belkis
  6. Fugato
  7. Lamb, Leopard
  8. Trieste

Disc: 5

  1. The Sheriff
  2. In a Crowd
  3. Bachianas Brasileiras
  4. Mean to Me
  5. Natural Affection
  6. Donnie's Theme
  7. Carnival

Product Description

Five essential albums from the Modern Jazz Quartet, featuring Pyramid, Third Stream Music, MJQ and Orchestra, Lonely Woman and The Sheriff.

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At first, I do not give to this box five stars because one cd ("The Sheriff") is of secondary importance in the MJQ's discography, even though it has some interesting outcomes (such as the treatment of Villa Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras"). Each of the other four records deserves five stars. "Third Stream Music" and "The MJQ & Orchestra" show the way in which John Lewis, leader of the legendary quartet, tried to insert in jazz some ideas taken from contemporary classical music. Important roles in these records are taken by the composer Gunther Schuller and by Jimmy Giuffre and his trio. On the contrary, "Pyramid" and "Lonely Woman" deal with the usual work of the quartet: strong sense of the blues, standards, a little bit of baroque and solos at high level. There are at least two masterpieces: the dramatic "Lonely Woman" (this is the best interpretation ever made of the tune, except the one of its author, Ornette Coleman) and the mournful "Django". In this boxset each album reproduces the original cover.
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This is an interesting collection in the main but, of the five early albums it covers, I have to admit to a strong dislike of numbers 2 & 3. Worse, I would question the wisdom of the group in signing up for them. Albums 1, 4 & 5 are typical MJQ - sensitive, thoughtful and very relaxed/relaxing. Much of the lead work is shared, as always, by Milt Jackson and John Lewis (in, roughly, that order) and their mastery of it, in their inimitable style, is beyond question or doubt. But cd's 2 & 3 seemed to be focused on the compositions of some German fellow (who's music is so memorable, I've forgotten his name!) the style for which is/was and remains completely at odds with that I associate with the MJQ.
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I must say that I am very pleased with this set, the recordings are good, and although this is not true stereo, the effect is an improvement over the mono recordings. The music is also excellent, the MJQ at their best. Mike T.
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I love the opportunity that digital has made lots of the older albums re-issues accessible in their old sleeve formats. This collection shows one of the seminal jazz groups of the 60's really hitting their stride
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vey pleased with this package, it combines all the best of MJQ in an easy to use set
each disc packaged in a minature original sleeve
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Terrific value for money. Great playing from a group that made Jazz accessible and popular in the 50s and early sixties.
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