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The Modern Jazz Quartet: Topsy: This One's for Basie

Audio Samples

>Reunion Blues
>Nature Boy
>Topsy II
>D and E
>Valeria
>Milano
>Le Cannet

Track List

>Reunion Blues
>Nature Boy
>Topsy II
>D and E
>Valeria
>Milano
>Le Cannet

Album Notes

Personnel: John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bass), Connie Kay (drums).

Recorded June 1985 at RCA Recording Studios, New York. Includes liner notes by John Lewis.

Tributee: Count Basie.

Despite the title of this CD, the music on this 1985 studio set from The Modern Jazz Quartet is not a program of Count Basie tunes (with the exception of "Topsy") although Basie apparently liked the John Lewis composition "D and E." The other unrelated music is highlighted by an unaccompanied feature for vibraphonist Milt Jackson ("Nature Boy"), "Reunion Blues" and three more complex pieces from pianist John Lewis. Overall this CD gives listeners a fine example of the music of The MJQ during the 1980s. ~ Scott Yanow



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