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The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. The band performed over a forty-year span with only one personnel change. 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).

Under 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. 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. Initially active into the 1970s until Jackson quit due to creative disagreement and frustration with their busy touring schedule in 1974, the MJQ reformed intermittently into the 1990s.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1951 Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1955 Concorde The Modern Jazz Quartet 7
1956 Django The Modern Jazz Quartet 10
1956 Fontessa The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1957 The Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
1959 Pyramid The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
1960 Patterns Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1960 Third Stream Music The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1961 The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1962 Lonely Woman The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
1965 Plays George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1968 Under the Jasmin Tree The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1969 Space The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1974 Blues on Bach The Modern Jazz Quartet 4
1981 Reunion at Budokan 1981 The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1984 Echoes The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
1984 MJQ The Modern Jazz Quartet & The Milt Jackson Quintet 4
1985 Topsy: This One's for Basie The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1987 Compact Jazz: The Modern Jazz Quartet Plus The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1988 For Ellington The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1988 The Sheriff The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1990 Live And At Its Best The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1992 The Comedy The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
2001 La Ronde Suite The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2005 Elegance The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2006 The Comedy / Lonely Woman The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2009 Bluesology the Modern Jazz Quartet Anthology the Atlantic Years 1956 - 1988 The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2010 Under The Jasmin Tree + Space (2010 Remaster) The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2011 Pyramid + Patterns The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2012 Third Stream Music The Modern Jazz Quartet & The Jimmy Giuffre Trio & Beaux Arts String Quartet 1
Live 1956 The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
MJQ-40 The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
Modern Jazz Quartet and Sonny Rollins Modern Jazz Quartet and Sonny Rollins 1
Place Vendome The Swingle Singers & The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
Retrospective The Modern Jazz Quartet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 The Legendary Profile The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1988 The Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1988 Sessions The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1989 The Modern Jazz Quartet Story The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1991 The Artistry Of The Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1994 A 40th Anniversary Celebration The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1996 Les Incontournables The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2001 All the Famous Songs The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2003 The Complete Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige & Pablo Recordings The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2003 Autumn Breeze The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2004 Complete 1951 - 1953 Studio Sessions The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2004 Softly as... The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2004 The Queen's Fancy The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2007 European Concert: Volumes One & Two The Modern Jazz Quartet 3
2011 The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings Of The The Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64 The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2013 Germany 1956-1958: Lost Tapes The Modern Jazz Quartet 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 The Modern Jazz Quartet at Music Inn The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1959 The Modern Jazz Quartet at Music Inn, Volume 2 The Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny Rollins 1
1962 European Concert, Volume One The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1964 Collaboration The Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida 1
1981 Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1985 Together Again - Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival '82 The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1989 The Complete Last Concert The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1990 Scandinavia, April 1960 The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1994 Blues at Carnegie Hall The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1994 A Night at the Opera The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1995 Dedicated to Connie The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2001 1953: An Exceptional Encounter Ben Webster & The Modern Jazz Quartet 4 2
2012 At the Opera House The Modern Jazz Quartet & The Oscar Peterson Trio 1
2013 The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2013 Concert in Japan, Vol. 1 The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
In a Crowd The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
MJQ Live at the Lighthouse The Modern Jazz Quartet 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 The Modern Jazz Quartet Plays One Never Knows - Original Film Score for “No Sun in Venice” by John Lewis The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1959 Music from Odds Against Tomorrow The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
2013 No Sun in Venice The Modern Jazz Quartet 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Jazzology The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1959 Space The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
1987 Three Windows The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2001 Plastic Dreams The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
2012 At Music Inn, Volume 2 (Guest Artist: Sonny Rollins) The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
Artistry in Jazz The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
Longing For The Continent The Modern Jazz Quartet 1
The Comedy / Concorde (The two great albums) The Modern Jazz Quartet 1

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