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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B00C2WF7E8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joost Daalder on December 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would truly find it odd to contemplate life without this recording. This is one of those utterly satisfying artistic productions that make one feel that it has been always "there", as part of nature, of creation, whether divinely ordained or not. To those who feel that "classical' music must be "classical" - untainted by jazz - or those who feel that jazz must NOT be "classical", i.e. be "pure" jazz, I would say: listen with an open mind, don't pigeonhole artistic creations, be receptive, and you will enjoy - again and again. The music is quiet, but intense, wonderfully melodious yet profound. As a coherent ensemble, this was one of the best groups ever. The suite "Fontessa" - the piece de resistance of this recording - was a great composition by a great jazz composer, and is beautifully coherent, pointed, subtle and rich. But so are the other tracks. Purchasing this for ongoing musical satisfaction would be one of the very best "investments" one could make. Unhesitatingly recommended - there is just no negative that comes to mind, only great respect and gratitude to the musicians for their warm, vital and inspiring, uplifting contribution. - Joost Daalder
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Milt Jackson's ability on the vibraphone and the capabilities of the rest of the MJQ make this one of their finest albums. The music grabs the listener up, and takes them along. It is engaging, accessable, and pleasing to the unpracticed ear as well as the sophisticated one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely one of the very finest of MJQ records. It is simply marvelous.
However, be careful with what CD version to buy! The record was recorded in stereo, but the usual edition is in mono (otherwise in good sound).
I, however, wanted the stereo version. I purchased a quite expensive... Japanese edition a couple of months ago at the Virgin records store on the Champs Elysées in Paris. It was as expected in stereo, but the sound is awful - on every track there is a constant strong murmuring background sound that makes listening almost pointless.
I have written and complained to the Atlantic company in New York.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By paris on August 3, 2004
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The MJQ doesn't get any better than this. Call it jazz, classical, third stream. It doesn't matter. John Lewis is a master composer and pianist. The blend of the instruments achieves a high level musicality that's almost mystical. Fontessa is a highlight, and Woody'n You swings relentlessly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Covais on February 27, 2004
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There is no reason why this album by the Modern Jazz Quartet should not get five stars. This particular album swings a litte bit more agressively than some albums before it, but still has the lyrical/classical influences of their past albums. It starts off with the swingin Versailles than goes in to the slow rather boring Angel Eyes, than comes the masterpiece. A four movement composition, Fontessa. It's great. Other ground breaking songs like Bluesology, Jackson's more early popular blues piece, and Dizzy Gillespie's Woody n' You. Over all this album is bright, fresh, melodic, soul clensing, soothing, brialliant, beatiful, clean jazz records of MJQ history. And record history of all time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alibee on April 30, 2009
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what a great album, one of my favorites from way back...how stoked i am to have it on cd! best cut on the album: title tune "Fontessa".
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