The Modern Jazz Quartet For Ellington

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 40 year span with only one personnel change. The band was also noted for their ability to play alongside a variety of other groups.

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.


For Ellington

The Modern Jazz Quartet

Side One

For Ellington
Jack the Bear
Prelude to a Kiss
It Don’t Mean a Thing

Side Two

Maestro E.K.E.
Sepia Panorama
Rockin’ in Rhythm

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