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The Modern Jazz Quartet was a major jazz institution, a band that, counting a seven-year “vacation,” lasted 43 years. During a time when jazz musicians were stereotyped as unreliable, rarely sober and erratic, the MJQ played at concert halls while wearing tuxedos. They are not known to have ever been late, missed a gig, or disappointed an audience. The Modern Jazz Quartet’s evolution began in the Dizzy Gillespie big band of 1946. Due to the complexity of the charts and the strain that it caused in the trumpet section, Gillespie featured his rhythm section on an occasional number

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Article: Album Review

Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Perpetual Pendulum

Read "Perpetual Pendulum" reviewed by Doug Collette


Keyboardist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart have some history. It extends back to performing in clubs in the late Eighties and then, via decidedly circuitous routes, recording together as a threesome in the Nineties. It's a confluence of circumstance and talent that would continue through the three's appearances on a pair of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides

Read "New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides" reviewed by David Brown


Today, we have a variety show of sounds for your enjoyment. First, a bit of a brew of mild avant-garde meets lounge music with Lyle Murphy (inventor of his own 12-tone system) and Gil Mellé (Modern Primitive Music). Things get serious with works from George Russell and the MJQ, before we change it up with a ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Modern Jazz Quartet: Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

Read "Modern Jazz Quartet: Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" reviewed by Rob Mariani


This article first appeared at All About Jazz on November 8, 2006. New York City empties out like a condemned playground on a Sunday afternoon in July. People cooped up in air-dried apartments and offices all week escape in search of sunshine and trees. The good things that still happen in the City on ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970

Read "Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970" reviewed by Peter Rubie


They called it the Cool School, but what's in a name? In this case, quite a lot as it happens. The Cool School included musicians like Chet Baker, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Dave Brubeck. Under the guidance of arranger and composer Gil Evans, it established itself in an unquestionable way ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

Read "Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I don't ever remember a time when I didn't play the piano," reflects pianist Bill Charlap, who has become one of the giants of his generation on his instrument of choice, as evidenced by the array of other great players with whom he has performed. With his deft and agile approach he can summon a fiery ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bach-in-Jazz + Concertos & Suites from Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Read "Bach-in-Jazz + Concertos & Suites from Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Rahsaan Roland Kirk" reviewed by David Brown


Bach-in-jazz tunes from Ornette Coleman, Aki Takase and Bud Powell and we'll sample “Promises" an electro-acoustic symphonic masterpiece from Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders.' Then, Yusef Lateef's “Symphonic Blues Suite," Rahsaan Roland Kirk's “Saxophone Concerto," and finally the Exploding Star Orchestra. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music ...

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Article: Album Review

Fourth Function featuring The Phil Ware Trio: Happy Ever After

Read "Happy Ever After" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Fourth Function is the vehicle of Dublin vocalist/composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, broadcaster and educator, Eamonn Lenihan. Backed by one of Ireland's finest rhythm sections in the form of bassist Dave Redmond, Kevin Brady and pianist Phil Ware, this five-song EP is a showcase for Lenihan's thought-provoking lyric songwriting and hip arrangements. Failing well to occupy any specific ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Singing Their Praises

Read "Singing Their Praises" reviewed by H William Stine


Don't you love it when Nat Cole sings one of his signature songs, for instance, "Smile?" Someone else sang that this week. What about any recordings of Sinatra singing “Angel Eyes?" Someone else sang that too, because this week great singers and musicians paid tribute to other great singers and musicians in a two-hour love fest of ...

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Article: Film Review

The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy

Read "The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


There are plenty of fictional stories about utopian societies where life is good and everybody gets along. Of course, the word utopia literally means “no place," suggesting that an actual utopia is nothing more than an illusion, but that hasn't stopped people from trying. Although there are many utopian societies that didn't work, there are a ...


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