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The Bebop Shop : A Swingin' Affair: Blue Notes & Hard Bop Classics : John Lewis, Milt & The Modern Jazz Quartet

John Lewis: West Coast, East Coast Encounter (CD: Gambit)John Lewis: West Coast, East Coast Encounter (CD: Gambit)
 


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John Lewis: European Windows (CD: American Jazz Classics)
The complete John Lewis album European Windows, appearing here on CD for the first time ever. This album was John Lewis’ first recording experiment with a full orchestra. Recorded in Germany in 1958, it offers elaborate extended arrangements of Lewis’ compositions.

As a bonus, the rare LP by The Modern Jazz Society, included here in its entirety. It also presents compositions and arrangements by John Lewis (two songs are performed on both albums), featuring such outstanding soloists as J. J. Johnson, Stan Getz and Tony Scott, among others. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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John Lewis: European Windows (CD: American Jazz Classics)


John Lewis: The Golden Striker/ Jazz Abstractions (CD: Collectables- US Import)John Lewis: The Golden Striker/ Jazz Abstractions (CD: Collectables- US Import)
 


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John Lewis & The Modern Jazz Quartet: Four Classic Albums Plus... (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
Four classic John Lewis and Modern Jazz Quartet albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. ‘The Modern Jazz Sextet’, ‘The Modern Jazz Quartet Plays No Sun In Venice’, ‘Grand Encounter’, ‘The Modern Jazz Quartet At The Opera House" and ‘The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music’.

We start proceedings with a stunning meeting of giants as Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt join the MJQ and we hear the masters joined by Lewis as they all take wonderful solos. ‘No Sun In Venice’ finds the original MJQ including Milt Jackson tackling the Lewis composed film soundtrack. ‘Grand Encounter’ is just what it says on the cover ‘2 x East and 3 x West’, that’s to say, John Lewis and Percy Heath from the East and Bill Perkins, Chico Hamilton and Jim Hall from the West. And as you will discover, what an encounter it was! We can then rejoin the classic Quartet for the first side of an album (shared with Oscar Peterson and others on the B side), where they slow things down to a couple of twelve bar blues numbers and a cover of ‘Round Midnight. We finish off this well filled double CD of classic albums with "The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music" where we can enjoy the MJQ in the company of such jazz greats as Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Gunther Schuller, Lucky Thompson and many more. And listen out for ‘The Queen’s Fancy’ written during the coronation of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II and inspired by Queen Elizabeth I no less!

All four albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


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John Lewis & The Modern Jazz Quartet: Four Classic Albums Plus... (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


John Lewis & The Modern Jazz Quartet: Four Classic Albums- Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)John Lewis & The Modern Jazz Quartet: Four Classic Albums- Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Modern Jazz Quartet and John Lewis albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn - Vol Two", "Music From Odds Against Tomorrow", " The John Lewis Piano" and the Original Music from the soundtrack to "Odds Against Tomorrow". (AVID Entertainment) 


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Milt Jackson: Bags Of Soul (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
 


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Milt Jackson: Bags Of Soul (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Milt Jackson & Sonny Stitt: In The Beginning (CD: Galaxy/ Fantasy- US Import)Milt Jackson & Sonny Stitt: In The Beginning (CD: Galaxy/ Fantasy- US Import)
 


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Milt Jackson: Wizard Of The Vibes (CD: Blue Note)
'The tracks with Monk are flawless classics, rising to their greatest height with the riveting version of 'I Mean You' , while the other date, while at a less exalted level, finds Jackson quite at home with (Lou) Donaldson's uncomplicated, bluesy bop.' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz) 


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Milt Jackson: Wizard Of The Vibes (CD: Blue Note)


Milt Jackson Quartet (CD: Prestige/ Fantasy- US Import)Milt Jackson Quartet (CD: Prestige/ Fantasy- US Import)
with Horace Silver, Percy Heath & Connie Kay. 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Django (CD: Prestige RVG)
"Django" is perhaps John Lewis's best known composition. Certainly it is one of his most durable, having been played and recorded many times over the years with tempo altered but its basic haunting beauty intact. This is its first taping and a benchmark performance for all succeeding versions (by the MJQ and all the others who have interpreted it) to be measured against.

These are the early days of the quartet but it had begun with a standard of excellence, forged by youthful but experienced musicians with a framework that allowed them to exhibit their teamwork and virtuosity.

The group's original drummer Kenny Clarke plays timpani on "The Queen's Fancy" and works out on his traps in "La Ronde Suite" which, when Lewis first wrote it in the Dizzy Gillespie orchestra, was called "Two Bass Hit." (Fantasy, Inc.)

Modern Jazz Quartet (formed 1952), with recordings from 1953-55, comprising Milt Jackson (vibes), John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). Pieces like "La Ronde," "One Bass Hit," and "Milano" are solo features, but the policy is essentially co-operative, integrating individual voices into a strong ensemble unit. MJQ material often shows symmetry and formal design---best seen in title-piece "Django," a moving, elegaic tribute to guitarist Django Reinhardt and one of the finest compositions in jazz. The first---and best---MJQ here, true to its original conception. "Django" alone should be on everyone's desert island list. Such beauty and coherence, yes. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishers.)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Django (CD: Prestige RVG)


The Modern Jazz Quartet/ Milt Jackson Quintet (CD: Prestige- US Import)The Modern Jazz Quartet/ Milt Jackson Quintet (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Concorde (CD: Prestige RVG)
The earlier MJQ sessions were released on 78s, 45s, EPs, and 10-inch LPs. Later they were collated on 12-inch LPs. This was the first session done specifically for 12-inch and was also Connie Kay's first recording with the group after replacing Kenny Clarke. "I'll Remember April" was done at a separate session (discographies don't tell us this) because John Lewis, the perfectionist, was dissatisfied with the first version. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Concorde (CD: Prestige RVG)


Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny Rollins: At Music Inn (CD: Fresh Sound)Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny Rollins: At Music Inn (CD: Fresh Sound)
The sides on this set were recorded in the summer of 1958, during the annual three-week workshop course under John Lewis’ direction at the Music Inn, a rambling, relaxed summer resort outside of Lenox, Mass. The MJQ was the Inn’s “jazz group in residence,” and the two sides which bring Sonny Rollins together with the Quartet marked the first meeting on record of these musicians since 1953.

Sonny was in one of his more whimsical and sardonic moods that night, but as inspired as always. Milt and Connie buckle down to some real great, swinging playing. Percy joins the fun, as in ‘Bags’ Groove’, where he plays, for instance, a typical ‘oom-pah’ bass line with a funky swing, and Rollins enters with humorously disjointed parodies of Milt’s theme, while John prods him soberly with beautiful sustained chords. There are many wonderful moments of simultaneous improvisation throughout.

Personnel : Sonny Rollins (ts), John Lewis (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (d). Tracks #1-4 taken from original Stereo 12" LP "Sonny Rollins at Music Inn / Teddy Edwards at Falcon's lair with Joe Castro" (Metrojazz E1011) - produced by Leonard Feather. Tracks #5-10 from the 12" album: "The Modern Jazz Quartet at Music Inn. Guest Artist: Sonny Rollins" (Atlantic 1299) - produced by Nesuhi Ertegun. (Discovery Records) 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: Bluesology- The Anthology (CD: Rhino, 2 CDs)
Formed in 1952 by former Dizzy Gillespie sidemen John Lewis and Milt Jackson, the Modern Jazz Quartet’s line up was set by 1955 with bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay. In 1956 they signed to Atlantic for an association that would last their lifetimes. Spanning the years 1956-1988, this anthology is packed with music to be enjoyed, whether the raw material be Lewis’ or Jackson’s own originals, Broadway standards or classical compositions.

Few groups in the history of jazz can claim such consistency and longevity of genuine inspiration. Few boast a back catalogue of the quality of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This two-CD set includes selections from landmark albums like Pyramid, Fontessa and Blues On Bach, some of their very best live performances , from the Music Inn recordings of the 1950s to the Last Concert of 1974, as well as three bonus tracks from the Plastic Dreams sessions. (Warner Jazz) 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: Bluesology- The Anthology (CD: Rhino, 2 CDs)


The Modern Jazz Quartet: Fontessa (CD: Atlantic)The Modern Jazz Quartet: Fontessa (CD: Atlantic)
Jazz chamber music of impeccable touch and taste. John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibes), Percy Heath (bass) and Connie Kay (drums) in subtle but vibrant interplay on several standards and a blues, with the suite-like "Fontessa" leading the way. The melodic restraint and counterpoint is impressive: listeners will appreciate the classical form of Lewis' piano, the creativity and swing of Jackson's vibes. A memorable collective group of great achievement -- and now, a recent memory. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid (CD: Atlantic)


The Modern Jazz Quartet: The Sherriff (CD: Atlantic)The Modern Jazz Quartet: The Sherriff (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Lonely Woman (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Lonely Woman (CD: Atlantic)


The Modern Jazz Quartet: Plays George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess (CD: Atlantic)The Modern Jazz Quartet: Plays George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Blues On Bach (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Blues On Bach (CD: Atlantic)


The Modern Jazz Quartet: Plastic Dreams (CD: Atlantic)The Modern Jazz Quartet: Plastic Dreams (CD: Atlantic)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Jazz Dialogue (CD: Wounded Bird- US Import)
 


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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Jazz Dialogue (CD: Wounded Bird- US Import)


The Modern Jazz Quartet: Live At The Lighthouse (CD: Wounded Bird- US Import)The Modern Jazz Quartet: Live At The Lighthouse (CD: Wounded Bird- US Import)
 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Wienerworld)
 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Wienerworld)


Milt Jackson & John Coltrane: Bags & Trane (CD: Atlantic)Milt Jackson & John Coltrane: Bags & Trane (CD: Atlantic)
Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane teamed up for a magical set in 1959, their only joint recording. With fine backup by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, Bags & Trane stretch out on two of Jackson's originals (including ‘The Late Late Blues’) and three standards: a romping ‘Three Little Words’, ‘The Night We Called It A Day’, and the rapid ‘Be-Bop’. (Warner Jazz) 


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Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery: Bags Meets Wes! (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
When Wes Montgomery made his first amazing impact on the New York jazz scene at the end of the 1950s, a great many established stars actively sought to record with him. Milt Jackson was one of the few for whom the guitarist felt an equal affinity. For one thing, they shared a strong love for the blues; and Wes had learned, through years of playing with his brother Buddy, to value the vibes/guitar sound. To support this memorable meeting of thoroughly compatible jazz masters, Riverside assembled one of the most cohesive recording rhythm sections of its day: Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery: Bags Meets Wes! (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)


Milt Jackson & Coelman Hawkins: Bean Bags (Vinyl LP: Warner/ Rhino)Milt Jackson & Coelman Hawkins: Bean Bags (Vinyl LP: Warner/ Rhino)

180g pressing. 


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Milt Jackson: Plenty, Plenty Soul (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
 


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Milt Jackson: Plenty, Plenty Soul (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Milt Jackson: Statements + Vibrations (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Milt Jackson: Statements + Vibrations (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
Two outstanding consecutive albums presenting vibes player Milt Jackson in different musical settings, recorded while he was a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet "Statements" is a quartet LP with Hank Jones, piano; Paul Chambers, bass and Connie Kay on drums while "Vibrations" in contrast features Jackson with a larger band that includes such stars as Jimmy Heath and Tommy Flanagan. Two beautiful ballads with Jackson fronting a Quincy Jones Orchestra have been added as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Milt Jackson: Sunflower (CD: CTI)
 


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Milt Jackson: Sunflower (CD: CTI)


Milt Jackson: Goodbye (CD: CTI)Milt Jackson: Goodbye (CD: CTI)
 


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Milt Jackson: Ain't But A Few Of Us Left (CD: Pablo/ Fantasy- US Import)
 


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Milt Jackson: Ain't But A Few Of Us Left (CD: Pablo/ Fantasy- US Import)


Milt Jackson, Joe Pass & Ray Brown: The Big Three (CD: Pablo/ Fantasy- US Import)Milt Jackson, Joe Pass & Ray Brown: The Big Three (CD: Pablo/ Fantasy- US Import)
 


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