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Quadrant [CD]

Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, Mickey Roker, Joe Pass Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Concord Midline
  • ASIN: B000000YRU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concorde
2. Joe's Tune
3. Lady Be Good
4. Ray's Tune
5. Grooveyard
6. Man I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else), The
7. Blues For The Stone

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Joe Pass is in the pivotal chair on 'Quadrant' (1977), and his driving attack and assertive spirit create a singular group personality beyond the vibes/guitarist/no-piano mix. Compare Pass's original "Concorde" to John Lewis's MJQ standard of the same name for a study in contrast, or hear how instinctively Jackson approaches the "down" medium tempo of "Lady Be Good" in this context. Needless to say, Ray Brown and Mickey Roker prove to be the ideal rhythm section, as Quadrant always pursues the right angle.

Personnel: Personnel: Joe Pass (guitar), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Ray Brown (bass), Mickey Roker (drums)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quadrant - Joe Pass 19 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You know what you're going to get when you see the personnel: Joe Pass, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown and Mickey Roker. Three of the greatest musicians ever on their instruments, plus, in Mickey Roker, a fine, technically superb drummer who fits in perfectly. The group was a collective, although Joe Pass seems to have attracted most attention, and came together occasionally in the late seventies for recordings and concerts.
The tunes are a mixture of Blues, originals by group members and Gershwin standards. 'Concorde' is a fastish blues, not from the sound of it the John Lewis tune, and 'Blues for the Stone' a medium grooving blues that these guys could play for ever. Of the Gershwin tunes 'Lady Be Good' is taken at an unusually slow tempo, unlike the Lester Young classic and 'The Man I Love' starts off as a ballad but then moves into tempo. These fellows are not just going through the motions, they have gone to some trouble to work out different but appropriate ways of tackling each tune.
The musicians? Milt Jackson is on top form and feels entirely comfortable in his surroundings. Joe Pass plays extremely well. He doesn't fall into the trap he sometimes did on Norman Granz dates and get into a display of technique in competition with other musicians, usually Oscar Peterson. Both play up to their stellar reputations. Ray Brown shows that he was the best bass player around and Mickey Roker is not outshone, which in that company must have been some achievement.
So why only 4 stars? Bass and drums suffer somewhat from the change in recording techniques which took place a few years before. Instead of getting a sizzle and hiss from the snares and cymbals you just get a dry thud. Instead of getting that mellow support and sustaining beat from the bass you just get a bass. It's still the best bass playing in the world but it's no longer the superhuman sound Ray Brown used to produce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world! 2 Oct 1999
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Joe Pass's death was a tragedy. His solo guitar work is great, but this shows his ability to interplay with other musicians at its finest. "Concorde" showcases his lightning-fast fingers and command of scales. Yet tracks like "Lady Be Good" show Joe to be tasteful to the last, slow and bluesy. Songs like "Ray's Tune" show the quartet's funky side. Joe was a master of chord substitution. Milt Jackson on vibes is incredible, especially on the first track. This album is a must-have for guitar players, bebop, and cool jazz fans alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine jazz album 25 Feb 2006
By Sor_Fingers - Published on
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This CD is a great representation of how the best players in the business should sound. All four of the players on the album are absolute monsters. Joe Pass and Milt Jackson improvise solos with with lines that move like greased lightning. Their technical abilities will blow your mind and their musical creativity is overwhelming. Ray Brown and Mickey Roker both lay down a solid foundation for the others and also show their mastery of the instrument. The material is for the most part very good, providing a lot of variety between fast swing, funk and ballads. The only problem with the material is that the first two cuts are ONLY improvisation, providing little for the listen to quote or a way to recognize the song out of context. While well executed, a little bit of written melody would have been appreciated. Nevertheless, this is a must have for fans of jazz, especially jazz guitar fans. You don't hear much about this album like you hear about Giant Steps of Kind of Blue, but you should. It is safe to call it an overlooked classic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrant 25 Jun 2008
By Jazz B. - Published on
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The music presented here is some of the best music I have heard Joe Pass play. Also present on this album are:
Milt Jackson (vibes); Ray Brown (bass); and Mickey Roker (drums). In all, Quadrant really plays it's best on this CD.
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