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Posted on 01/29/2016 8:30:01 PM PST by WhiskeyX
Modern Jazz Quartet - Django
"Django" (John Lewis) -- 0:07
"One Bass Hit" (Dizzy Gillespie) -- 7:11
"La Ronde Suite" (Lewis) -- 10:11
"The Queen's Fancy" (Lewis) -- 19:42
"Delauney's Dilemma" (Lewis) -- 22:56
"Autumn In New York" (Vernon Duke) -- 26:56
"But Not for Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) -- 30:38
"Milano" (Lewis) --
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The Modern Jazz Quartet was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played a style of jazz influenced by classical music, cool jazz, blues and bebop. The band performed over a forty-year span with only one personnel change. Under John Lewis's leadership they carved their own niche by specializing in elegant, restrained music that used sophisticated counterpoint yet nonetheless retained a strong blues feel. John Lewis firmly believed that J.S. Bach and the blues were compatible, combining classical form with jazz improvisation and polyphony. The band was also noted for its ability to play alongside a variety of other groups. For the majority of their career the group comprised John Lewis (piano and musical director), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass) and Connie Kay (drums). Initially active into the 1970s, until Jackson quit due to creative disagreement and frustration with their busy touring schedule, the MJQ reformed intermittently into the 1990s.
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Django is an album by the Modern Jazz Quartet, first released on LP in 1956. The actual sessions had taken place in June 1953, December 1954, and January 1955, and (as Prestige Records had yet to enter the LP era) were first released on two ten-inch albums, entitled Modern Jazz Quartet, Volume 2 (1953, containing "The Queen's Fancy", "Delauney's Dilemma" and "Autumn In New York") and Concorde (1955, much longer, containing "Django", "One Bass Hit", "La Ronde Suite" and "Milano"). The first session took place in New York, but the eventual Hackensack, New Jersey, sessions were engineered by Rudy Van Gelder; the whole album was reissued in 2006 as part of the Rudy Van Gelder Remasters collection.
The song "Django" (like the other original material on the album) was composed by the group's pianist and musical director, John Lewis. It is one of his best-known compositions, written in memory of the Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. One other apostrophic tune is "Delauney's Dilemma", a jaunty tribute to a French jazz critic. The lengthy "La Ronde Suite", with discrete sections emphasizing each group member's contributions, is in fact a version of the standard "Two Bass Hit", written by Lewis for Dizzy Gillespie and covered by, among others, Miles Davis on Milestones. Confusingly, Gillespie's own tune, "One Bass Hit", is also included as a feature for bassist Percy Heath.
Vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson can famously be heard grunting and humming throughout the quieter numbers, which include covers of the Gershwins' "But Not For Me" and the Vernon Duke standard "Autumn In New York".
I watched Django for the first time the other night on Netflix. It was pretty good. I liked the music and the old-time feel it gave the movie. I wasn’t sure if they were trying to parody some of the “old” westerns from the 1970’s with some of the big music and somewhat cliche lyrics in some of the scenes.
Several of the songs were pretty good. Thanks for posting!
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