Saturday, June 25, 2011

Modern Jazz Quartet - In Memoriam ( 1974 )

Artist: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Title: In Memoriam
Date: 1974
Label: Little David Records LD 3001
Album Design: Pacific Eye & Ear
Illustration: Drew Struzan
Format: FLAC
Size: 165mb

Notes: The MJQ lived from 1952 through 1974 and produced a marvelous body of work. The clever hands of Milt Jackson dancing over the vibes always makes me smile. Their taste, style and wide range of material never fails to entertain and teach at the same time. The addition of a symphony orchestra for these final sessions adds depth without losing the feel of the quartet. Listening to this record while dressed in my old T-shirt and ripped shorts, I feel terribly underdressed. While a tux and tails may not be required they wouldn't be out of place. Fabulous music. And the cover illustration and the design itself is a classy exit from a class act. Anything by the MJQ is worth a listen or two.

Line Up:

John Lewis: piano
Milt Jackson: vibraharp
Percey Heath: bass
Connie Kay: drums
Orchestra Conducted By: Maurice Peress

Track Listing
Side 1
In Memoriam
First Movement
Second movement
Side 2
Jazz Ostinato
Adagio from the Guitar Concerto: Concerto De Aranjuez