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The Complete Last Concert (US Release)

26 Feb. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Mar. 2005
  • Release Date: 26 Feb. 2007
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactued & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing
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  • Total Length: 2:26:27
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  • ASIN: B001F4S8H2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,232 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "paulclarkson5" on 16 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was actually one of the first (proper) jazz records I ever heard and I have recently bought it on CD. The MJQ were a strange outfit because many thought the format wouldn,t work (no horns, two similar sounding instruments - vibes and piano, playing Bach! and Christmas carols!!). However, my recent listening of this lovely recording only serves to reinforce the thoughts I had when I first heard it. These guys can swing but they do it with such an effortless grace that you actually feel yourself moving along with them. The CD also contains some classic jazz standards (Round Midnight, Night in Tunisia) that listeners new to jazz will find accessible - Night in Tunisia is my all time favourite example of pianist John Lewis's effortless way with melody and harmony. The thing about the MJQ - and this live offering is surley their best album as they have time to really stretch out - is that they repay repeated listening. Every ounce of melody and improvisation starts getting inside your head - makes you laugh, clap your hands and thank god that you're alive. But, this is not cocktail music (although the uninformed have often seen it as so); the way the guys play with a tune, transform it, add light and shade is truley a testiment to their experiences at the very start of the Bebop tradition in jazz - a revolution at the time. Rap music this aint. This is proper harmonic music, the best elements of the jazz tradition combined with a subtle blend of enthusiasm and respect for the structure of a tune. Forget this album if you want music that shouts in your face and insults your intelligence but buy it if you want an uplifting, human, reaction to the creation of sound by four guys looking back over their body of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ds on 26 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
This review comes from a decidedly non jazz-centric perspective. While I do enjoy some forms of jazz I'm not a big fan of solo brass (trumpet, sax) or wild improvisation. Don't ask me what bop or post-bop means but I do appreciate the cool style forwarded by MJQ. Their sense of melody and precision with an innate melancholic mood (with an option to swing) is a unique combination in the jazz arena, thus a unique sound. I've had numerous MJQ albums through the years but the two I've enjoyed the most are oddly the 2 that are disparaged the most among the hard-core - BLUES ON BACH and IN MEMORIUM. And this is probably the closest I'll get to hearing the latter on CD as it's two main pieces ('Concerto de Aranjuez' and 'In Memorium') are included in this live set. That's about 25 minutes worth of music from that lovely album not available anywhere else. Most of the tracks from this concert are culled from John Lewis' vast songbook with a handful of Milt Jackson pieces and jazz standards mixed in to provide a representative career sampling of this legendary ensemble. The playing is exquisite and while an MJQ concert has an air of sophistication about it, the crowd is obviously not sitting on their hands. This is where recital meets show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RayB on 21 April 2014
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A chance hearing of 'The Golden Striker' on the radio in the late fifties was one of the catalysts that fired my love of modern jazz and then back in the early sixties when I was starting a collection of jazz albums someone gave me a copy of the MJQ's 'Django'. It's been a love affair with the group ever since. Strange then that this album has managed to pass me by for all the years since it was first issued back in the mid seventies because this is one of their very best.
They are a truly outstanding outfit, tight and swinging and not at all the straight laced band that their detractors would have us believe. Based on the flexible rhythms laid down by Percy Heath & Connie Kay on bass & drums John Lewis and Milt Jackson weave magical lines of improvisation. They were one of jazz's greatest bands and this album should be in every jazz lovers collection and I'm very glad I have it now, it's sure to be well played in the coming years. Very highly recommended.
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Format: Audio CD
I am also from the generation that saw the MJQ live. In my case circa 1960. Four guys who came on stage in morning dress (might as well have been four undertakers). They didn't address the audience at all, and there was a printed programme of pieces to be played. Very classical!
I must have heard a recording (the equivalent of the CD "Django") as a 10" vinyl L.P. Enough of reminiscing! I was captivated and have always admired the MJQ (especially when Kenny Clarke was a member og the group) for their ability to play bebop dressed as classical baroque. Of course John Lewis for certain, and probably Milt Jackson, was educated in the baroque style which he obviously admired (as evidenced by the groups early albums). After twenty two years the group decided to disband (although there were later reunions) and this was their farewell concert, and what a concert it was!
Without the constrains of the recording studio, coupled with the presence of an enthusiastic and encouraging audience, the group really stretches out. Perhaps one might say that they had never played better. The material was taken from their wide repertoire and naturally included many of their most popular tunes e.g."Gjango", "The Golden Striker", the beautiful "Skating In Central Park", the "concierto de Aranjuez" (Rodrigo) and "In Memoriam". On some they really stretched out; "In Memoriam" lasted nearly 17 min, "Aranjuez" (11 min) with the average being about 6- 7 minutes. Overall twenty two tracks.
If you own just one MJQ album it must be this one. I've had my CD for more than twenty years and haven't tired of it yet!
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