The Modern Jazz Quartet

In Memoriam

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The Modern Jazz Quartet's last studio album before their breakup (which fortunately ended up just being a hiatus) in some ways shows why the group fell apart. All of the music on this LP (two works by John Lewis and a remake of "Adagio from the Guitar Concerto: Concierto De Aranjuez") is classically oriented. One can imagine that vibraphonist Milt Jackson (who usually preferred playing bebop) was getting a bit bored. The MJQ is accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Maurice Peress and despite some stimulating moments, the music is often quite dry. It's one of the classic group's lesser releases.

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