The Sher­iff

Modern Jazz Quar­tet (Pure Plea­sure PPAN SD11414)

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The Modern Jazz Quar­tet was an in­te­gral part of the cool jazz move­ment. With re­laxed tempi and for­mal ar­range­ments their de­par­ture from fre­netic atonal bebop was pi­o­neered by Miles Davis. A pref­er­ence for melodic flows rather than wilder chord ma­nip­u­la­tions was an im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic. Pi­anist and co-founder John Lewis in­te­grated clas­si­cal forms in­clud­ing fugues into the mix with the goal of cre­at­ing sub­tle jazz with in­her­ent rhyth­mic sen­si­bil­i­ties. This new re­lease on 180-gram vinyl is a re-mas­tered ver­sion of an MJQ al­bum from 1964. What makes the chem­istry of this ensem­ble so rich and deeply con­nected is the fact that they played to­gether as a unit for four decades but de­spite this fa­mil­iar­ity, fans of this group can al­ways ex­pect the un­ex­pected such as MJQ’s take on Bachian As Brasileiras (Villa-Lo­bos), where they de­liver a ‘souped up’ ver­sion that’s truly ex­hil­a­rat­ing. This al­bum cap­tures the mojo of the MJQ unadul­ter­ated and adds flaw­less stereo plus the idio­syn­cratic tonal­i­ties of the vi­bra­phone. Rob­bie Ger­son

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