Boomkat Product Review:
I'll always have a soft spot for The Modern Jazz Quartet, they were a large part of my childhood since my lovely mother happened to harbour a deep love for them and so hearing them now brings back fond memories. The record sounds nostalgic even though I'm unsure whether I've ever heard it before, and that can only be a good thing. Here was a band that were at the pinnacle of their illustrious career and this set is made up of recordings made from 1952-1955, rounded off by a radio broadcast made from Jazz Mecca Birdland in 1955 (available for the first time ever on CD incidentally.). The Modern Jazz Quartet was originally formed in 1952 as the Milt Jackson Quartet and consisted of Jackson on vibraphone, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, so the first thing you will notice about this record is the endearingly overpowering vibes, it sounds like you're being transported into another time, a world of pure cool that no longer exists. Dry martinis, pinstripe, shades, smouldering glances from the loveliest of ladies. you don't need much encouragement with this kind of unbeatable jazz. If you've never heard the Modern Jazz Quartet before you simply must remedy it with this CD, let yourself be taken over by a band which shaped modern jazz as we know it today. Lush.