Stephen Jones wrote to Martin Ridgley <=-
I'm kind of lukewarm about most jazz, but in about '73 I picked
up an album by The Modern Jazz Quartet called "In Memorium".
I don't know what the memorial was, but it sure was cool.
I can't think of an adjective that better describes the sound.
Even my mom likes it! ;=)
I have one used as soundtrack in a French movie of the late 50's
called "No Sun in Venice". My favorite cut was the long crescendo
triangle roll on the track "Cortege". This one is a great tweeter
Hehe... yeah I'm a big fan of the MJQ. "In Memoriam" is almost classical in nature. 'Cool' is a good word to describe it.
Personally, I think it's a little too cool - it lacks spark - but
it's a very easy album to listen to.
The title piece was written by John Lewis for his piano teacher
who had passed away about a year previously. It could however,
have been in memoriam to the Modern Jazz Quartet themselves, since
it was their last studio recording before breaking up.
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