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Live at the Lighthouse [The Modern Jazz Quartet]

  • 1. Spiritual, The
    2. Baseball
    3. Shadow of Your Smile, The
    4. Intima
    5. Novamo
    6. For Someone I Love
    7. What's New
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1486

  • Credits

    The Modern Jazz Quartet: John Lewis, Connie Kay, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath.
    Personnel: John Richard Lewis (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Connie Kay (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Don DeMichael.
    Recording information: 03/1967.
    This fairly obscure LP by the Modern Jazz Quartet features fresh material and improvisations that are both swinging and creative. Pianist John Lewis' "The Spiritual" and "Baseball," along with vibraphonist Milt Jackson's "Novamo" and "For Someone I Love," comprise half the program, and it is Jackson's influence that seems to be the weightier one here. Jackson and the MJQ always rose to the challenge of a crowd. There are also excellent ballad renditions of "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "What's New." The bluesier side of the band is what's mostly on display here, and the MJQ plays up to its usual level. This set remained unreleased on CD domestically until 2004 when Wounded Bird -- which in 2002 also reissued the brilliant Modern Jazz Quartet disc originally released in 1957 -- put it on the street. Really, none of the classic group's recordings should be passed by. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek

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