THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET Monterey 1963 CD 2017
Starting out as the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie`s 1946 orchestra, the Modern Jazz Quartet evolved into one of the most eloquent and long-lived ensembles in the history of jazz.
The group`s 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.
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.
Release Date: 24 Feb 2017