Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Modern Jazz Quartet & Guests - Third Stream Music

This Atlantic release has some unusual performances by the Modern Jazz Quartet. Two selections ("Da Capo" and "Fine") combine the MJQ, which is comprised of vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist John Lewis, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Connie Kay, with the Jimmy Giuffre 3 (Giuffre on clarinet and tenor, with guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ralph Peña) on "Exposure" ; six chamber classical musicians add color, and a pair of other numbers ("Conversation" and the very successful "Sketch") match the MJQ with the Beaux Arts String Quartet. There is plenty of thought-provoking music on this disc even if the idea of creating a third stream between jazz and classical music never came to pass.
Scott Yanow

Source :

The Modern Jazz Quartet
& Guests
Third Stream Music


1 Da Capo (Lewis)  3:41
2 Fine (Giuffre)  6:10
3 Exposure (Lewis)  9:43
4 Sketch (Lewis)  5:34
5 Conversation* (Schuller)  10:41


[# 1 & 2]
Milt Jackson - vb
John Lewis - p
Jim Hall - g
Jimmy Giuffre - cl & ts
Ralph Peña - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded at Music Inn, Lenox ; August 24, 1957
[# 3]
Milt Jackson - vb
John Lewis - p
Percy Heath - b
Connie Kay - dr
Bill McColl - cl
Bob Di Domenica - fl
Manny Zegler - bassn
Paul Ingraham - fr hrn
Joe Tekula - cel
Betty Glamann - hrp
Gunther Schuller - cond.
Recorded in New York City ; January 15, 1960
[# 4 & 5]
Milt Jackson - vb
John Lewis - p
Percy Heath - b
Connie Kay - dr
Beaux Arts String Quartet
Gerard Tarack - vl
Alan Martin - vl #2
Carl Eberd - vla
Joe Tekula - cel
Conducted by John Lewis & Gunther Schuller*
Recorded in New York City ; September 23, 1959


DJ Flipside said...

Thank you, brother!
Panic is over! I realise that the 'invitation only' thing must have been just a mistake.
I'm very glad to be back in, anyway!
Cheers, mate!

Much love!
DJ Flipside

P.S.Oh, and I almost forgot - Thanks for another third stream album I didn't know. Can't wait, must be another forgotten gem. Beautiful!!

Kneigh said...

I'm another who thought you'd gone private, Melanchthon, and was about to send you an email to be invited to your site. I can understand, as so many sites have gone private as well. At any rate, glad to see you back, and many thanx for this fine MJQ post!! Been a big fan of your site for many moons now!!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. I also noticed you'd gone dark briefly and figured it's just the way of the world today. Glad to see you keep on trucking.


Melanchthon said...

And nice to see old friends still here...

Chris said...

Yes glad to see you move forward again, thanks Mel for Atlantic gem.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel for this gem! Very glad to see you back up and running. You are doing great work and I very much appreciate your efforts. Thank you!

Fernando said...

Never kow about this one. Thank you!


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you for the marvelous post!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!