| Lonely Woman | At­lantic SD1381 (‘62) /Pure Plea­sure Records (2016)

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The fa­mous al­bum from 1960, Jazz in the Space Age, is fi­nally avail­able as a dig­i­tal down­load in sev­eral hi-res for­mats.

This gor­geous re­mas­ter­ing of one of the very best MJQ al­bums is the work of Ray Staff at Air Mas­ter­ing. John Lewis decided to hon­our one of the great in­no­va­tors in jazz—Or­nette Cole­man—by hav­ing the first track and the ti­tle of this al­bum re­flect one of his great com­po­si­tions. Lewis saw Cole­man as the first jazz ge­nius since Parker, Gille­spie and Monk. While not fol­low­ing Cole­man’s har­molodic the­ory, Lewis em­pha­sises the of­ten-over­looked strength of his com­po­si­tional ideas. The MJQ adds a cham­ber mu­sic-like feel­ing to its in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Lewis orig­i­nals Fu­gato and Tri­este. Ray Mouly’s liner notes talk about be­ing tempted to call the Fu­gato and some other tracks ‘third-stream-and-a-half’ for the re­mark­able quar­tet ar­range­ments of what were orig­i­nally works for full or­ches­tra. Lamb, Leop­ard is from Lewis’ orig­i­nal bal­let ‘Orig­i­nal Sin’ and is a to­tal de­light.

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