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The Modern Jazz Quartet
Audio CD (May 30, 1995)
Original Release Date: May 30, 1995
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Live
Label: Atlantic / Wea

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Disc: 1

1. Little Comedy/La Cantatrice/Harlequin/Fontessa
2. 'Round Midnight
3. Cylinder
4. Bags' Groove
5. Odds Against Tomorrow
6. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
7. Social Call

Disc: 2
1. Django
2. I Should Care
3. How High the Moon
4. Colombine/Pulcinella
5. Spanish Steps
6. Pyramid (Blues for Junior)
7. Milt Meets Sid
8. I Remember Clifford
9. Vendome
10. Skating in Central Park

Dedicated to Connie [LIVE]
May 2009 Week 1
This two-disc set was released in 1995 following the death of drummer Connie Kay, and it's a superb commemoration of the Modern Jazz Quartet at their creative peak, a 1960 concert in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from the same tour that produced the equally memorable European Concert. By 1960, the group had gelled superbly, and much of their essential, original repertoire was in place, including John Lewis's composition "Odds Against Tomorrow," the moody and profound theme from a film score, and the light, baroque-influenced pieces "Colombine" and "Pulcinella." What stands out is the acute consciousness of sound, in Kay's sparkling drumming and Percy Heath's warmly resonant bass, as well as Lewis's piano and Milt Jackson's vibraphone. There's a superb economy of means practiced by the entire band, with scarcely a superfluous note in the two hours of music heard here. The treatments of standards are as memorable as the originals. -Stuart Broomer

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