As the Modern Jazz Quartet, members of which were once Dizzy Gillespie's rhythm section in the 1940s, moved into the 1960s, they continued to swing in their own quiet way, even as their music director, pianist John Lewis, explored the third stream, a synthesis of jazz and classical music. Having been founded in 1952, the MJQ was active as a unit until 1974, then reunited periodically for another twenty years, until drummer Connie Kay's death in 1994.
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Modern Jazz Quartet. "Versailles" from Fontessa (Atlantic) 3:49
Modern Jazz Quartet. "Woody'n You" from Fontessa (Atlantic) 7:11
Modern Jazz Quartet. "Bluesology" from Fontessa (Atlantic) 11:38
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John Lewis and his Orchestra. "Piazza Navona" from The Golden Striker (Atlantic) 18:47
John Lewis and his Orchestra. "Odds Against Tomorrow" from The Golden Striker (Atlantic) 24:45
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Modern Jazz Quartet. "Bags' Groove" from Dedicated to Connie (Atlantic) 33:59
Modern Jazz Quartet. "I Remember Clifford" from Dedicated to Connie (Atlantic) 39:27
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