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Track Listing
CD 1
1. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (Prestige 828, From LP 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160) 2. LA RONDE (Prestige 828, From LP 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160) 3. VENDOME (Prestige 851, From LP 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160) 4. ROSE OF THE RIO GRANDE (Prestige 851, From LP 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160) New York, December 22, 1952 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)5. THE QUEEN'S FANCY (Prestige 873, From LPs 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160, 'Django' Prestige 7057) 6. DELAUNAY'S DILEMMA (Prestige 882, From LPs 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160, 'Django' Prestige 7057) 7. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK (Prestige 882, From LPs 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160, 'Django' Prestige 7057) 8. BUT NOT FOR ME (Prestige 873, From LPs 'Modern Jazz Quartet ' Prestige 160, 'Django' Prestige 7057) New York, June 25, 1953 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)9. DJANGO (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) 10. ONE BASS HIT (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) 11. MILANO (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) Hackensack, NJ, December 23, 1954 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)12. LA RONDE SUITE / PIANO (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) 13. LA RONDE SUITE / BASS (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) 14. LA RONDE SUITE / VIBES (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) 15. LA RONDE SUITE / DRUMS (From LP 'Django' Prestige 7057) Hackensack, NJ, January 9, 1955 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)16. CONCORDE (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005) 17. GERSHWIN MEDLEY; SOON, LOVE WALKED IN, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY, FOR YOU (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005) 18. I'LL REMEMBER APRIL (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005) 19. ALL OF YOU (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005)Hackensack, N.J., July 2, 1955 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Connie Kay (drums)
CD 2

1. RALPH'S NEW BLUES (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005) 2. SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE (From LP 'Concorde' Prestige 7005) Hackensack, N.J., July 2, 1955 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Connie Kay (drums)3. WOODY'N YOU (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) 4. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) 5. FONTESSA (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) 6. VERSAILLES (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) 7. ANGEL EYES (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) 8. OVER THE RAINBOW (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) New York, January 22, 1956 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Connie Kay (drums)9. BLUESOLOGY (From LP 'Fontessa' Atlantic 1231) Hackensack, N.J., February 14, 1956 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Connie Kay (drums)10. OH BESS, OH WHERE'S MY BESS ? (From LP 'At Music Inn' Atlantic 1247) 11. TWO DEGREES EAST, THREE DEGREES WEST (From LP 'At Music Inn' Atlantic 1247) 12. VARIATION NO. 1 ON 'GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN' (From LP 'At Music Inn' Atlantic 1247) 13. A MORNING IN PARIS (From LP 'At Music Inn' Atlantic 1247)Music Inn, Lenox, MA, August 28, 1956 Milt Jackson (vibes) John Lewis (piano) Percy Heath (bass) Connie Kay (drums)
Artist:
The Modern Jazz Quartet
Title:
The Early Years 1952-56 (2CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3296
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet were one of the most innovative, distinctive and influential groups in jazz during the 1950s. Pioneering a classically influenced style of cool jazz, the music owed much to the interplay of John Lewis’ piano and Milt Jackson’s vibraphone seamlessly underpinned by Percy Heath’s bass. Kenny Clarke was the group’s original drummer, replaced when he left in 1955 by Connie Kay. This great-value collection comprises recordings from their first four LP releases for Prestige and Atlantic. From their first studio session as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 through to 1955, this 2CD set is a comprehensive overview of their music and captures the group during their formative years.
Reviews For The Early Years 1952-56 (2CD)
In Tune (330) - Gerry Stonestreet
“As the title indicates, this double CD collection focuses on the first four years of the quartet's career, comprising three Prestige albums, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Django and Concorde plus the Atlantic albums Fontessa and selected MJQ-only tracks from At The Music Inn, an LP which also featured Jimmy Giuffre with the quartet... The music on offer here is engaging, vivid and full of surprises and above all swings like mad when the occasion arises.”
Jazzwise Issue 243 - Alyn Shipton
“Culled from five albums, this is a good 2CD tour through the MJQ in its prime, with the switch from Kenny Clarke to Connie Kay happening just before the halfway point.”
The Jazz Rag (Issue 157) – Peter Vacher
“Given that this is timeless music that is seldom out of print, in one form or another, the newcomer should nonetheless snap up this modestly priced reissue right away. Older hands might lke to check their collections and repair any possible omissions, Good booklet notes.”