The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring performances recorded in 1959-60 and released on the Atlantic label.

The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was an influential music group established in 1952 and for most of their long career composed of John Lewis (piano, musical director), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass), and Connie Kay (drums).

AMG review: This is a strong recording from the Modern Jazz Quartet, with inventive versions of John Lewis’ “Vendome,” Ray Brown’s “Pyramid,” Jim Hall’s “Romaine,” and Lewis’ famous “Django,” along with cooking jams on “How High the Moon” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” The MJQ had become a jazz institution by this time, but they never lost their creative edge, and their performances (even on the remakes) are quite stimulating, enthusiastic, and fresh. –by Scott Yanow 

 

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid Tracklist

  1. 0:00 “Pyramid (Blues for Junior)” (Ray Brown) 
  2. 02:32 “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) 
  3. 13:26 “Django” – 18:28 “How High the Moon” (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) 
  4. 23:06 “Romaine” (Jim Hall) 
  5. 29:24 Milt Jackson – vibraphone John Lewis – piano Percy Heath – bass Connie Kay – drums

Released 1960
Recorded August 22 & 25 and December 21, 1959 and January 15, 1960
Music Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts and Capitol Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 37:24

Milt Jackson – vibraphone
John Lewis – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Connie Kay – drums

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Pyramid

Licence YouTube standard

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