Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).

Friday, November 23, 2012

CD Review: Modern Jazz Quartet - Original Album Series.

John Lewis (pno); Milt Jackson (vbs); Percy Heath (bs); Connie Kay (dms). + Jimmy Giuffre Three,  Beaux Arts String Quartet.
(Review by Lance.)
Another release in Warner Jazz's Original Album Series this time featuring five albums by the MJQ from the early 1960s. I've always viewed the Modern Jazz Quartet with reservations. When they get it right they are on the money and on The Sheriff and Pyramid they do just that. Jackson's vibes are always a delight - a cool mint julep on a sunny day. Lewis, economical, never a note out of place with a very melodic side to his playing - the guiding light. Strangely enough, I think Lewis would also have made a good vibes player. Heath and Kay provide the solid foundation beneath it all.
Lonely Woman is as enigmatic as the title. The four musicians maintain the same high standards but, at times, the tempos drag a little for my own personal taste. Still, I suppose, if you title an album Lonely woman it would be a bit much to expect an up-tempo romp!
The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra  says it all - MJQ with an orchestra. At time pretentious, at other times, quietly swinging, blues tinged jazz with Lewis or Jackson fighting to overcome the orchestration and, to be fair, they usually do. Listening to this one for a second time I have to admit the arrangements - presumably by Lewis (the original LP sleeve has been condensed to CD size meaning it would take a Jodrell Bank telescope to amplify it to readable proportions) don't get too much in the way of the soloists.
However, Third Stream Music/The Modern Jazz Quartet & Guests; The Jimmy Giuffre Three & The Beaux Arts String Quartet is pretension personified. This one didn't cut it for me. Still 4 out 5 isn't a bad deal - you can always use the latter disc as a coaster and the other 4 are well worth the moolah.
Modern Jazz Quartet - Original Album Series is released on December 10, 2012.
Lance.

No comments :

Blog Archive