The Modern Jazz Quartet

A Proper Introduction to the Modern Jazz Quartet: La Ronde

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Considering the lengthy career of the Modern Jazz Quartet as a working band, their extensive discography, and the many different projects they undertook, providing a definitive or even cursory introduction to their work might be a bit daunting. Still, this collection, with 17 tracks total, is quite the proper introduction to this legendary chamber jazz combo. The key is that many of the most beloved compositions of pianist John Lewis are included. Along with a few pristinely rendered standards such as "All The Things You Are," "Autumn In New York," and "I'll Remember April" are the selections from Lewis that have become standards, like "Delaunay's Dilemma," the immortal "Django," "One Bass Hit," "Milano" and "Concorde." And as always, the interplay between Lewis and vibraphonist Milt Jackson is second to none. An easily recommended purchase, it is testament to the continuing importance of this innovative and universally recognized modern jazz group that sets precedents no other band has even remotely approached.

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