I have mentioned the MJQ [modern jazz quartet] a couple of times in past posting but it has not generated any responses so I thought I would make one final effort to bring this Jazz Quartet into the light, and as words cannot do the music justice I have added 3 links, I hope I donít get into trouble but how else to do it?
The history of the MJQ can be checked on many web pages so this is a brief intro only.
It was formed in 1952 from the rhythm section of the Dizzy Gillespie band as a interval fill in, they sounded so good that it became an established part of the program,
Original members were:
Milt Jackson Vibraphone
John Lewis Piano
Percy Heath Bas
Kenny Clarke Drums
Clarke dropped out in 1955 and was replaced by Connie Kay and this was the MJQ line up that survived, unchanged until they disbanded in 1974
Lewis attended Manhattan school of music where he studied counterpoint in renaissance and baroque music and he brought these, together with fugue into the Jazz world, his counterpoint melody accompaniment to the inventive vibraphone of Milt Jackson proved to be a winning combination that lasted until the end and produced a new type of jazz that was simple, restrained and intelligent with ideas from both Classical and bop, it was to become known as Cool Jazz.
It is the nearest thing that I have heard that approaches chamber music.
Below are 2 links where you can hear short clips of their music.
And this is a short work from my collection called Vendome.