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where recital meets show,
This review is from: The Complete Last Concert (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.