The Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida — Collaboration (1964)

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Collaboration is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet with Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida featuring performances recorded at Webster Hall in 1964 and released on the Atlantic label. Recorded July 21, 1964 RCA Webster Hall, New York City.

Fugue In A Minor
One Note Samba
Foi A Saudade
Concierto De Aranjuez

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:28 (one week ago) link

Recorded almost exactly 57 years ago as of this posting, this is one of those albums that inevitably makes its way into rotation every summer. Hard to say what my favorite MJQ album is, but this one is always in that conversation. Fantastic cover art, as well:

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:30 (one week ago) link

Listen on Youtube.

Listen on Spotify.

This is going to be a difficult choice for me.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:33 (one week ago) link

I went through a bit of a MJQ period last year but never really got into this one, might have to give it another try. I can't even articulate why I think John Lewis is one of the greatest and underrated pianists of that era.

MoMsnet (calzino), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:45 (one week ago) link

actually it's quite stupid I never give this one a proper listen cos it sounds ace!

MoMsnet (calzino), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

This album is included in the recent Mosaic box of their Atlantic stuff but I haven't checked it out, mostly due to a general lack of interest in Brazilian stuff. Maybe I will.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:55 (one week ago) link

Must agree cal: John Lewis and MJQ in general are not so much undervalued as they are kind of ignored at this point. They definitely weren't as provocative as the other big jazz names of the late 50s and into the 60s, but the amount of inarguably classic compositions and performances they registered is just impressive on reflection. I'm not sure if it's just my novice search skills, but I wasn't able to find a proper MJQ topic here. If there really isn't one, that's kind of disappointing — I certainly consider them one of the definitive groups in jazz.

Glad to hear you are enjoying it — side two is even better!

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:58 (one week ago) link

another album for MJQ fans is the John Lewis cool jazz classic "Grand Encounter" with Jim Hall/Bill Perkins/Chico Hamilton in the band, bloody great album!

MoMsnet (calzino), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 19:05 (one week ago) link

That John Lewis album looks phenomenal... just added it to my wantlist.

I always found this Laurindo Almeida Collaboration confusing because the featured artist doesn't show up on the album until almost the end of side one? And I think my favorite tracks might be the ones that he doesn't appear on. A great little album nonetheless.

enochroot, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 00:05 (one week ago) link

I love this Ben Ratliff take on MJQ:

And the Modern Jazz Quartet: What were they up to with their strangely soft dynamic range, with all those brushed drums, their own law of seldom rising above a given volume level even as they played fairly intense music? They seemed to flout obvious logic, obvious laws of taste and expression. The drummer Connie Kay could sustain interest even playing a rhythm nearly unchanged for ten minutes, with scant off-beat accents as weak as raindrops. John Lewis seemed always to be playing less on the piano than he was expected to.

enochroot, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 01:02 (one week ago) link

After listening again, I ended up going with the epic closing track.

Also really just have to marvel at John Lewis. After giving this album a few listens yesterday, we went back and sampled through some of our favorite tracks on the early MJQ albums and DUDE — the guy wrote the tune "Django"!!!! How did I forget that??? Also, the No Sun In Venice soundtrack album is just absolutely serene. "One Never Knows" is something I could —and have in the past— listen to on repeat for about three hours.

I may poll The Last Concert pretty soon, as well. Seems like maybe a cheat move, but that's the definitive MJQ recording for me.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 17:24 (one week ago) link

I was between "Silver" and "Fugue in A Minor". But then I came across this video of "One Note Samba":

enochroot, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 23:56 (one week ago) link

(love the host's blistering takedown of rock 'n roll guitar at the top of the video)

enochroot, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 23:58 (one week ago) link

Took history of jazz at IU with David Baker and he was friends and a huge proponent of MJQ being one of the greatest jazz groups ever. Got to say, I have not yet gotten around to getting to know their massive history.

On a similar note, I did get to know and love Jim Hall's LP 'Concierto' which has a take on "Concierto De Aranjuez" with a great group including Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Steve Gadd, Ron Carter & Roland Hanna. Well worth checking out.

earlnash, Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:11 (one week ago) link

Jim Hall's LP 'Concierto

oh, you mean the best album that cti records released?

yeah, that's a good one.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:17 (one week ago) link

still haven't decide which one to vote for because I keep getting side-tracked by other MJQ albums like this absolute beauty!

MoMsnet (calzino), Thursday, 22 July 2021 10:03 (one week ago) link

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