CD Beginnings [Remaster] [The Modern Jazz Quartet] (CD 1076115), Audio Other
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Beginnings [Remaster] [The Modern Jazz Quartet]

  • 1. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
    2. Love Me, Pretty Baby
    3. Autumn Breeze
    4. Milt Meets Sid
    5. Moving Nicely
    6. D & E
    7. Heart and Soul
    8. True Blues
    9. Bluesology
    10. Yesterdays
    11. 'Round Midnight
    12. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    13. Bluesology - (bonus track)
    14. Blues Mood - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17258

  • Credits
    ProducerOzzie Cadena
    EngineerRudy VanGelder

    Full performer name: Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson.
    Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); John Lewis (piano); Percy Heath, Ray Brown (bass); Kenny Clarke, Al Jones (drums).
    Originally released on Savoy (MG 12046). Includes original release liner notes by Edward Jardim.
    This fine compilation brings together the very first recordings by the Modern Jazz Quartet (which was then billed as the Milt Jackson Quartet). The MJQ mixed bluesy bop with a heady, sophisticated approach (the latter heightened by the group's self-representation as a buttoned-up, chamber jazz ensemble), and the seeds of that aesthetic are heard to excellent effect. This set of mostly originals ("'Round Midnight" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Heart and Soul" are the notable exceptions) gives the quartet plenty of room to stretch out, with Jackson's gorgeous, cool-toned vibes leading the way.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/93, p.46) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...the real reason to own this is to hear the group when Kenny Clarke was still on skins...For people who aren't huge fans of the latter-day MJQ, this reissue is of particular value..."
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