The Modern Jazz Quartet
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The Modern Jazz Quartet

The Modern Jazz Quartet Biography (Wikipedia)

The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. The band performed over a 40-year span with only one personnel change. For the majority of their career, the group was composed of John Lewis (piano and musical director), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass) and Connie Kay (drums).

Under Lewis's leadership, they carved their own niche by specializing in elegant, restrained music that used sophisticated counterpoint, yet nonetheless retained a strong blues feel. Lewis firmly believed that J.S. Bach and the blues were compatible, combining classical form with jazz improvisation and polyphony. The band was also noted for its ability to play alongside a variety of other groups. Initially active into the 1970s until Jackson quit in 1974 due to creative disagreement and frustration with their busy touring schedule, the MJQ reformed intermittently into the 1990s.

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It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
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It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
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Skating In Central Park
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Skating In Central Park
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Jack The Bear
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Jack The Bear
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Skating in Central Park
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Skating in Central Park
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Blues In C Minor
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Blues In C Minor
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Bag's Groove
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Bag's Groove
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Pyramid
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Pyramid
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Animal Dance
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Animal Dance
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Woodyn You
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Woodyn You
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Bluesology
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Bluesology
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Vendome
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Vendome
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Django
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Django
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Confirmation
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Confirmation
John Lewis & The Modern Jazz Quartet
A Fugue for Music Inn
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A Fugue for Music Inn
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A Night In Tunisia
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A Night In Tunisia
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England's Carole (Got Rest You Merry, Gentlemen)
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England's Carole (Got Rest You Merry, Gentlemen)
J.J. Johnson
Sonnet For Brass
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Sonnet For Brass
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Lonely Woman
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Lonely Woman
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Autumn Medley
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Autumn Medley
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Ralph's New Blues
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Ralph's New Blues
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Over the Rainbow
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Over the Rainbow
Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, John Lewis, The Modern Jazz Quartet & The Modern Jazz Quartet
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
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Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
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Walkin' Stomp
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Walkin' Stomp
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (England's Carol)
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (England's Carol)
Milt Jackson
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
John Lewis, The Modern Jazz Quartet & Beaux Arts String Quartet
Sketch
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Sketch
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England's Carol (feat. John Lewis)
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England's Carol (feat. John Lewis)
Milt Jackson, vib; John Lewis, p; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. 28 Aug 1956. & The Modern Jazz Quartet
3 degrees East 2 degrees West
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3 degrees East 2 degrees West

3 degrees East 2 degrees West

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Milt Jackson, vib; John Lewis, p; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. 28 Aug 1956. & The Modern Jazz Quartet
Sonny Rollins ts; John Lewis, p; Milt Jackson, vib; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. August 1958 & The Modern Jazz Quartet
A Night in Tunisia
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A Night in Tunisia

A Night in Tunisia

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Sonny Rollins ts; John Lewis, p; Milt Jackson, vib; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. August 1958 & The Modern Jazz Quartet
John Lewis
The Golden striker from No sun in Venice
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The Golden striker from No sun in Venice
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The Golden Striker
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The Golden Striker
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Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
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Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
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