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Modern Jazz Quartet

Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke first came together as the rhythm section of the 1946 Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra and they had occasional features that gave the overworked brass players a well-deserved rest. They next came together in 1951, recording as the Milt Jackson Quartet. In 1952, with Percy Heath taking Brown's place, the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) became a permanent group. Other than Connie Kay succeeding Clarke in 1955, the band's personnel was set. In the early days Jackson and Lewis both were equally responsible for the group's musical direction but the pianist eventually took over as musical director. The MJQ has long displayed John Lewis' musical vision, making jazz seem respectable by occasionally interacting with classical ensembles and playing concerts at prestigious venues, but always leaving plenty of space for bluesy and swinging improvising. Their repertoire, in addition to including veteran bop and swing pieces, introduced such originals as Lewis' "Django" and Jackson's "Bags' Groove." The group recorded for Prestige (1952-55), Atlantic (1956-74), Verve (1957), United Artists (1959) and Apple (1967-69) and, in addition to the many quartet outings, they welcomed such guests as Jimmy Giuffre, Sonny Rollins, the Beaux Arts String Quartet, a symphony orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller, singer Diahann Carroll (on one piece), Laurindo Almeida, a big band and the Swingle Singers. Although the musicians all had opportunities to pursue individual projects, in 1974 Milt Jackson, tired of the constant touring and the limitations set on his improvising and he quit the group, causing the MJQ to have a final tour and break up. In 1981 Jackson relented and the Modern Jazz Quartet (which has recorded further albums for Pablo and Atlantic) became active again although on a more part-time basis. Connie Kay's health began to fade in the early '90s (Mickey Roker often filled in for him) and after his death in 2001, Albert "Tootie" Heath became his replacement. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Under The Jasmin Tree / Space

1. The Blue Necklace

2. Three Little Feelings (Part I, II, III)

3. Exposure

4. The Jasmin Tree

5. Visitor From Venus

6. Visitor From Mars

7. Here's That Rainy Day (Carnival Of Flanders)

8. Dilemma

9. Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez

10. Yesterday

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Track List: The Legendary Profile

1. The Legendary Profile

2. Valeria

3. Misty Roses

4. The Martyr

5. What Now My Love (Et Maintenant)

6. Romance

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: The Modern Jazz Quartet

1. Versailles (Porte De Versailles)

2. Bags' Groove

3. Prelude To A Kiss

5. Summertime

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Track List: Blues At Carnegie Hall (Live)

1. Pyramid (Blues For Junior) (Live)

2. The Cylinder (Live)

3. Really True Blues (Live)

4. Ralph's New Blues (Live)

5. Monterey Mist (Live)

6. Home (Live)

7. Blues Milanese (Live)

8. Bag's Groove (Live)

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Track List: M.J.Q. And Friends: A Celebration

1. Bags' Groove

2. All The Things You Are

3. Cherokee (Indian Love Song)

4. Indiana

5. Come Rain Or Come Shine

6. Willow Weep For Me

7. Memories Of You

8. Blues For Juanita

9. There Will Never Be Another You

10. Easy Living

11. Django

12. Darn That Dream

13. Billy's Bounce

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Track List: Together Again "Echoes"

1. That Slavic Smile

2. Echoes

3. The Watergate Blues

4. The Horn Pipe

5. Connie's Blues

6. Sacha's March

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Track List: Together Again

1. Django

2. The Cylinder

3. The Martyr

4. True Blues

5. Odds Against Tomorrow

7. Monterey Mist

8. Bags' New Groove

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Track List: The Complete Last Concert

Disc 1

2. The Cylinder

3. Summertime

6. Blues In A Minor

7. Confirmation

8. 'Round Midnight

9. Night In Tunisia

10. Tears From The Children

11. Blues In H (B)

12. England's Carol

Disc 2

1. The Golden Striker

2. One Never Knows

3. Trav'lin'

4. Skating In Central Park

5. The Legendary Profile

7. The Jasmine Tree

8. In Memoriam

9. Django

10. Bag's Groove

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Track List: Blues On Bach

1. Regret

2. Blues In B Flat

3. Rise Up In The Morning

4. Blues In A Minor

5. Precious Joy

6. Blues In C Minor

7. Don't Stop This Train

8. Blues In H (B)

9. Tears From The Children

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Track List: MJQ Live At The Lighthouse

1. The Spiritual (Live)

2. Baseball

3. The Shadow Of Your Smile

4. Intima

5. Novamo (Live)

6. For Someone I Love (Live)

7. What's New

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Track List: Plays George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

1. Summertime

2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now

3. My Man's Gone Now

4. I Loves You, Porgy

5. It Ain't Necessarily So

6. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?

7. There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York

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Track List: Dedicated To Connie Kay 1960

Disc 1

1. The Little Comedy; La Cantatrice; Harlequin; Fontessa

2. 'round Midnight

3. Cylinder

4. Bag's Groove

5. Odds Against Tomorrow

6. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

7. A Social Call

Disc 2

1. Django

2. I Should Care

3. How High The Moon

4. Pulcinella

5. Spanish Steps

6. Pyramid (Blues For Junior)

7. Milt Meets Sid

8. I Remember Clifford

9. Vendome

10. Skating In Central Park

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Track List: Pyramid

1. Vendome

2. Pyramid

3. It Don't Mean A Thing

4. Django

5. How High The Moon

6. Romaine

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Track List: Concorde

1. Ralph's New Blues

2. All Of You

3. I'll Remember April

4. Gershwin Medley

5. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

6. Concorde

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Track List: Django

1. Django

2. One Bass Hit

3. La Ronde Suite

4. The Queen's Fancy

5. Delaunay's Dilemma

6. Autumn In New York

7. But Not For Me

8. Milano

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