MJQ: On the Road, 1964 + '61


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The Modern Jazz Quartet wasn't big on obvious excitement. They tended to be subtle and hushed, more introspective than explosive. But the more carefully you listen, the more you'll hear the tender swing and beauty of pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay.

Here's the MJQ in London in April 1964...

And here's the MJQ abroad in the 1960s, thanks to Milan Simich. I can't confirm that this is 1961 or Japan, given that it opens with a credit panel of German television...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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