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Jazz in the Night: MJQ – Django (Full Album)


Saw them live one time in the late 1980s – marvellous


The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. For most of its history the Quartet consisted of John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass), and Connie Kay (drums). The group grew out of the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie‘s big band from 1946 to 1948, which consisted of Lewis and Jackson along with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. They recorded as the Milt Jackson Quartet in 1951 and Brown left the group, being replaced on bass by Heath. During the early-to-mid-1950s they became the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lewis became the group’s musical director, and they made several recordings with Prestige Records, including the original versions of their two best-known compositions, Lewis’s “Django” and Jackson’s Bags’ Groove“. Clarke left the group in 1955 and was replaced as drummer by Connie Kay, and in 1956 they moved to Atlantic Records and made their first tour to Europe.

Under Lewis’s direction, they carved their own niche by specializing in elegant, restrained music that used sophisticated counterpoint inspired by baroque music, yet nonetheless retained a strong blues feel. Noted for their elegant presentation, they were one of the first small jazz combos to perform in concert halls rather than nightclubs. They were initially active into the 1970s until Jackson quit in 1974 due to frustration with their finances and touring schedule, but reformed in 1981. They made their last released recordings in 1992 and 1993, by which time Kay had been having health issues and Mickey Roker had been his replacement drummer while Kay was unavailable. After Kay’s death in 1994, the group operated on a semi-active basis, with Percy Heath’s brother Albert Heath on drums until disbanding permanently in 1997.MORE AT LINK

The album appears to be from the 2006 remastered re-release rather than the original 1956 release on Prestige

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Django (Full Album) ——————————————————————————————————– Tip: click on the time and listen your favorite song Track list: 1 | 00:00 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Oh, Bess, Where’s My Bess (Ira Gershwin) 2 | 04:33 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Angel Eyes (Dennis) 3 | 08:26 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Fontessa (Lewis) 4 | 19:42 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Over The Rainbow (Arlen) 5 | 23:39 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – La Ronde Suite Part 3- Vibes (Lewis) 6 | 25:54 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – The Man That Got Away (Arlen) 7 | 29:31 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Versailles (Lewis) 8 | 32:58 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – La Ronde Suite Part 1- Piano (Lewis) 9 | 34:48 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – But Not For Me (George Gershwin) 10 | 38:34 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Night In Tunisia (Gillespie) 11 | 44:45 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Bags’ Groove (Jackson) 12 | 50:29 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (Lewis) 13 | 57:38 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Willow Weep For Me (Ronell) 14 | 1:02:30 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – La Ronde Suite (Lewis) 15 | 1:05:27 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Arlen) 16 | 1:12:23 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – One Bass Hit (Gillespie) 17 | 1:15:25 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Variation No.1 On “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” (Lewis) 18 | 1:20:26 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Fun (Guiffre) 19 | 1:26:02 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Django (Lewis) 20 | 1:33:07 | The Modern Jazz Quartet – Delaunay’s Dilemma (Lewis)

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