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The Modern Jazz Quartet was formed in 1952 by Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano, musical director), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). Connie Kay replaced Clarke in 1955. Various of the members had played together backing other artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Brown, and in Jackson’s own Quartet.

Through their long existence, they have worked with Classical musicians and are known for incorporating elements of Classical music into jazz, being one of the most notable examples of the style called Third Stream.

The group disbanded in 1974 and reformed in 1981 on a part-time basis, with their last new recording issued in 1993.


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  • BetoMMacedo

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  • Cat_007

    Amazing and talented band. Very cool sound!

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    The more I listen to these guys the more amazed I am.

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RonZol


    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    My father's turntable spun these guys all the time while I was growing up, so I feel like I know Milt and the fellas a bit.

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • javiikiller

    The vibes are so cool jaja.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • dabigcheeze

    Shame that these guys aren't more popular; both in real life and on

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Ewpedrao

    They also acknowledge the great moments of the big bands and the master in chief Duke Ellington in the album dedicated to him. Unfortunately, some descriptions like the above are just press release from people who never really heard their work.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • Ewpedrao

    MJQ is part of a ramification of the bebop era, once some brilliant musicians started to assemble smaller combos, and this was one of the most technical, artistic and innovative sets. The term "Modern" is exactly that tentative to produce new frontiers for jazz. The Atlantic/Rhino Atlantic years produce some of the most innovative and avant garde jazz heard until then, albums like "Piramid", "The Comedy", "Three Windows" are truly remarkable. They never forgot the DNA of Jazz and blues, and the live recordings at the Carneige Hall (The Last Concert, Blues at Carnegie Hall) are masterpieces. The blues verve is noticeable in so many ways, but one of the most interesting is the "tempo" they worked, with inspiring improvisations at heart touching use of silence.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • Ewpedrao

    Well, it is creepy what they have done in the tags and albums. This is nothing of smooth or cool jazz. Cool Jazz is honestly just the way some romantic but ungroovy guy got their way to play in the East Coast, with all respect and love I have for Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • radiohead-other

    niesamowite nuty

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • simonahb

    Love them truly and honestly. Amazing group, really.

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • keisuh

    Just my all time favourite. Great group.

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • fretlessssss


    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Ez-tracks

    too good

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • teh_mode

    And someone tagged them as "garage punk" too. wtf?

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rapeniggger

    I'm more confused that this is tagged as "stoner rock". Funny, though.

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • putin-lenin


    7 Jun 2009 Reply
  • alkan2

    reminds me of the hills and mountains of the Yorkshire Dales (Musical association is a great joy) Hey ho

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • CiciFaci

    I agree. (Ja piernicze! :) Chlopaki sa w stanie wyrwac mnie z najglebszego dola:) Czad! Kochana MUZYKA! ) but mach more then kochana muzyka....!!!!!!!!

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
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