Modern Jazz Quartet "Monterey 1963"
Starting out as the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespieís 1946 orchestra,
the Modern Jazz Quartet evolved into one of the most eloquent and long-lived
ensembles in the history of jazz. By 1963 the MJQ had been working together
for nine years with the same personnel: John Lewis, its musical director,
on piano, Milt Jackson on vibraharp, Percy Heath on bass and Connie Kay
on drums. The groupís stability was a key factor in allowing Lewis to
achieve his goal of synthesizing jazz improvisation and formal compositional
elements, sometimes drawn from the classical tradition, in a manner that
seems totally natural and unforced. As you will hear in this recording
of the Monterey performance, all four members of the quartet are master
musicians and highly skilled improvisers (Milt Jackson is one of the all-time
great ones), and they play together with an extraordinary empathy that
makes them a truly unified ensemble rather than just a loosely organized
association of soloists.
1963 was the fourth year the MJQ had appeared at Monterey.
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