January 25, 2020 – 4:43 am

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Berlin 1983 [no label, 1CD]

Berliner Jazztage. Live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany; October 28, 1983. Fairly to very good FM broadcast. Slight hiss.

The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. For most of its history the Quartet consisted of John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass), and Connie Kay (drums). The group grew out of the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band from 1946 to 1948, which consisted of Lewis and Jackson along with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. - wikipedia

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Thanks to jazzrita for sharing the show at Dime.

jazzrita noted:

Track 01 - 06 were broadcast on Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB).

dvb-s 320kBit/s + 48000 kHz mp2 (rbbkultur) > ASV audio converter (in flac) > audacity

Track 07 - 10 came from my own archive (flacs, which i got in a trade a long time ago).

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Track 01. Monterey Mist 5:23
Track 02. One Never Knows 8:41
Track 03. Watergate Blues 6:43
Track 04. That Slavic Smile 8:33
Track 05. Nature Boy 6:43
Track 06. D + E 9:30
Track 07. Milano 7:24
Track 08. Hornpipe 9:03
Track 09. Bags’ Groove 6:46
Track 10. Django 5:21
75 mins

Milt Jackson - vibraphone
John Lewis - piano
Percy Heath - bass
Connie Kay - drums

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  1. 12 Responses to “MODERN JAZZ QUARTET - BERLIN 1983”

  2. Thanks for this. A great ensemble and a nice change for those of us who don’t want a non-stop diet of classic rock. John Lewis and Milt Jackson could teach some of the lead guitarists featured here in the past week a few things about assembling solos!

    By Frederick Miller on Jan 25, 2020

  3. Who are these bozos?

    By Smashmouth on Jan 25, 2020

  4. nice classic jazz post (once again), thank you!
    perhaps something to honor the passing of the great Jimmy Heath?

    By dr.babyhead on Jan 25, 2020

  5. If it ain’t hot John Mc on it, it ain’t modern jazz. That’s the way it is, people.

    But thank you anyways, BogO.

    By Brian Griffin on Jan 26, 2020


    derrick, check this out…war pigs with different lyrics

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Jan 26, 2020

  7. Thanks for the link Anti Awesome version of War Pigs

    By Derrick on Jan 26, 2020

  8. Not me above , but these people are definitely Bozos . Certainly not true jazz.

    By Smashmouth on Jan 26, 2020

  9. And please . John McLaughlin is not jazz . He was , is and always will be a hack .

    By Smashmouth on Jan 26, 2020

  10. Hilarious! Someone who thinks the MJQ aren’t jazz! You couldn’t make it up! Perhaps music’s not really your thing . . . . ;)

    By swappers on Jan 27, 2020

  11. Mark is so homo that he watches TV sitting on a dildoe and jerkin off his 2 buddies. Hebrew faggot

    By HHH on Jan 27, 2020

  12. HHH- That’s the best you’ve got? A 12-year old’s book of insults? Grow up, dude.

    By Mark on Jan 28, 2020

  13. A most welcome posting by a band who considered improvisation and extemporisation to be essential elements of jazz and who did not need overbearing volume. This was my way into “modern jazz” after a childhood of bop and post-bop. Thank you very much. More and similar would be appreciated. As for the naysayer here, well they still have their ear-damaging stuff.

    By Man from Mordor on Feb 19, 2020

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