The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa (180g LP -Mono)


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Label: Speakers Corner / Atlantic – 1231 Gram Virgin Vinyl – AAA 100% Analogue
Limited Edition – Audiophile Mastering – Pressed at Pallas – Mono
This Speakers Corner LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
The famous critic and jazz expert Ralph J. Gleason quite rightly mentioned two highly distinctive men in his liner notes – John Donne and Pablo Picasso. Almost four hundred years and a great deal of seawater separate the two exceptional artists from England and Spain. Nevertheless the four black US-Americans who make up the Modern Jazz Quartet bridge the gap between time and continents effortlessly.
And what’s more, blues is also to be heard – and bebop! And evergreens from the Broadway shows of the Thirties too!
In contrast to some of the other rather more dawdling and laid-back MJQ LPs, “Fontessa” offers diversified and intense music. Nothing is routine, perhaps because the drummer Connie Kay had replaced Kenny Clark just one year previously. But maybe too because Milt Jackson’s blues influence inspired John Lewis perceptibly to forget all about discipline. All seven numbers are true gems. But if you want a special hint, just listen to “Bluesology”. Well, perhaps the present author is too much of a Milt Jackson fan. Be that as it may, the music magazine “Rolling Stone” gave this LP a five-star rating!

Recording: January and February 1956 by Rudy Van Gelder in mono

Production: Nesuhi Ertegun

SKU: 4260019715456 Category:
    Bass - Percy Heath
    Drums - Connie Kay
Piano - John Lewis Vibraphone [Vibraharp] - Milt Jackson  
A1Versailles (Porte De Versailles)Written-By – John Lewis (2)3:22
A2Angel EyesWritten-By – Brent*, Dennis*3:48
A3FontessaWritten-By – John Lewis (2)11:12
B1Over The RainbowWritten-By – Harburg*, Arlen*3:50
B2BluesologyWritten-By – Milt Jackson5:04
B3Willow Weep For MeWritten-By – Ann Ronell4:47
B4Woodyn YouWritten-By – Dizzy Gillespie4:25

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