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Modern Jazz Quartet: Nearly Forgotten

Modern Jazz Quartet: Nearly Forgotten

Time has a way of sweeping some jazz stars away while leaving others top of mind. One supergroup that seems to be disappearing from the public consciousness is the Modern Jazz Quartet. In the 1950s, when a more classically influenced style known as chamber jazz became popular at the start of the LP era, the MJQ ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums

Read "Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Bill Evans attracts a special sort of fan. Clinically obsessive is a reasonable description. While far from undiscerning, we find something, usually plenty, to enjoy in every record Evans played on. And we want them all in our collection. Evans' hardcore fans include practically every musician who played with him. Eddie Gomez, his ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz Going Strong and Poetic at 50

Read "Vossa Jazz Going Strong and Poetic at 50" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2023 Origin stories in the still-young-ish wild frontier of jazz festival culture can be fascinating case studies in feisty pioneer spirit. Take the Western Norwegian Vossa Jazz Festival, an important stop in the storied Norwegian festival circuit, which celebrated its ripe old 50th birthday this ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet

Read "Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


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Jazz & Juice: Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet

Featuring the music of Modern Jazz Quartet
Duration: 8:16

This month we're talking about what we put things in: oak, genre categories, we're getting all literal and figurative with this. Read Kristen's Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2018 meets MJQ analysis here.
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Article: Jazz & Juice

Ease: Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet

Read "Ease: Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


I'm thrilled to have you back for the second month of “Jazz & Juice“--thanks to all of you who made April's adventure all the more fun with your comments on the article, video, and podcast. I'm excited to share this month's music and wine with you without further ado! EaseI've found that the biggest ...

News: Video / DVD

MJQ: On the Road, 1964 + '61

MJQ: On the Road, 1964 + '61

The Modern Jazz Quartet wasn't big on obvious excitement. They tended to be subtle and hushed, more introspective than explosive. But the more carefully you listen, the more you'll hear the tender swing and beauty of pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay. Here's the MJQ in London in April ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Cecil Taylor

Read "Cecil Taylor" reviewed by John Eyles


On April 5th 2018, the world lost pianist, composer, poet and iconoclast Cecil Taylor, at age 89. Taylor was the last surviving member of a generation of players who gave birth to the music variously labelled as avant-garde, fire music or free jazz, although some sources jointly credit Taylor and Ornette Coleman as its originators.

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Article: Interview

William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

Read "William Parker: Embracing The Unknown" reviewed by Luke Seabright


His is one of the most distinctive and respected voices on double bass today. William Parker, the tireless composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and poet, is still today omnipresent on the contemporary free jazz scene. What's more, he has been consistently for the last four decades. The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress by Rick Lopez clocks ...

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Nik Turner: Bringing the Music to the People

Read "Nik Turner: Bringing the Music to the People" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina


Nik Turner is perhaps best known as the founding saxophonist and flautist for pioneering “space rock" band Hawkwind. As well as contributing to the profound influence that this band has had on rock and punk with its focus on community and grassroots movements--including its many benefit shows and long-standing support of England's free festivals, Turner may ...


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