Genre: Jazz
Label: OJC
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Modern Jazz Quartet Django LP

The Modern Jazz Quartet

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Reissue of this classic Modern Jazz Quartet album is ideal for all Jazz and vinyl collectors.

The Modern Jazz Quartet’s origins, like so much in postwar jazz, were in Dizzy Gillespie’s 1946 big band. Vibraharpist Milt Jackson often joined the rhythm section so that the four could perform as a quartet and give the brass section a rest from Gillespie’s demanding arrangements. Later, they worked as the Milt Jackson Quartet. In the early 1950s, they changed the name to the Modern Jazz Quartet and over the next three and a half decades were one of the most successful and acclaimed small bands in the history of jazz. The MJQ was a leaderless group, but John Lewis functioned as musical director and wrote much of the group’s repertoire. Many of his compositions reflected musical traditions going back to Bach and the Italian renaissance. One of them, "Django," the stately piece named for the virtuoso French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, became an instant jazz classic.

• Vinyl LP

Milt Jackson, vibes
Percy Heath, bass
John Lewis, piano
Kenny Clarke, drums

1. The Queen's Fancy
2. Delaunay's Dilemma
3.Autumn In New York
4. But Not For Me
5. La Ronde Suite
6. Django
7. One Bass Hit
8. Milano

Recorded June 25, 1953 (1-4), January 9, 1955 (5), December 23, 1954 (6-8).

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