Monday, 3 August 2009

Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet

Last weekend, I've been returning to my old past-time of listening to records. I haven't been doing so for quite a while, so listening to these three albums was a nice change:

Also performing on Milt Jackson's album were Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet and flugelhorn), Ron Carter (bass) and Billy Cobham (drums) ... all big names in the jazz scene. Of course, Jackson was playing his vibraharp.

Side 1: For Someone I Love, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
Side 2: People Make The World Go Round, Sunflower

Jackson was a key member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, together with John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Connie Kay (drums). The album, European Concert, was recorded during the group's tour of Scandinavia in April 1960. So this album is half a century old!

Side 1: Django, Bluesology, I Should Care, La Ronde
Side 2: I Remember Clifford, Festival Sketch, Vendome, Odds Against Tomorrow
Side 3: Pyramid (Blues For Junior), It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Skating in Central Park
Side 4: The Cylinder, 'Round Midnight, Bags' Groove, I'll Remember April

And finally, the MJQ's final concert, recorded in New York on 25 Nov 1974. The Modern Jazz Quartet had been playing together since 1952 and this would be their last concert.

Side 1: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, The Cylinder, Summertime, Trav'lin'
Side 2: Blues In A Minor, One Never Knows, Bags' Groove
Side 3: Confirmation, 'Round Midnight, Night In Tunisia, The Golden Striker
Side 4: Skating In Central Park, Django, What's New?

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