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   The Sheriff. Collaboration



Год издания : 2002

Компания звукозаписи : Atlantic, Азбука Звука, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Cool, Third Stream

Время звучания : 1:09:13

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Small Orchestra)      

2 LP on 1 CD

## 01-07 - The Sheriff 3.5*

## 08-14 - Collaboration 4.5* (The Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida)

The Sheriff, 1963

Recording Date: 1963-05-16,17

Recorded in 1963, The Sheriff features the Modern Jazz Quartet in fine swinging form. The program is not as sharply focused as on some of the earlier Atlantic releases, but it is compelling nonetheless. There are four originals by pianist John Lewis, including the fleeting, bluesy title cut, and the moody, spacious "In a Crowd," - originally composed for the 1961 film A Milanese Story. Its stepped-up time signature and series of phrases played by Milt Jackson grounds the tune in blues, but Lewis' solo feels more like a solo trumpet breezing through the center. The set includes Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras," a classical piece the quartet first performed with guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Bassist Percy Heath is stellar here, playing both arco and pizzicato and alternately moving the work forward with deftness and precision. Lewis and Jackson engage in gorgeous counterpoint throughout. It's knotty, but exotic and beautiful. Another Latin-based work here is Luiz Bonfa's brilliant "Carnival," which closes the set. Jackson's melodic interplay with Connie Kay's brushwork is subtle and rich, moving through a series of verses before Jackson takes it to the blues in his solo. Lewis keeps the pulse as Heath underscores the backbeat. It took a long while for this one to come out on CD in the United States, but Wounded Bird issued it in April of 2005.

Collaboration 4.5*, 1964, Label M/Collectables

(The Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida)

Recorded in RCA's Webster Hall, New York City, July 21 1964

In the CD jacket notes, Label M founder Joel Dorn informally, as is his wont, tells the buyers of Collaboration that it is one of his two favorite Modern Jazz Quartet recordings. The other is European Concert.

Now, both albums have been re-released, and Dorn's perseverance and dedication to the highest level of jazz have paid off-more for the listening public than for himself.

For on Collaboration, we do get to hear a superlative recording on which Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida teams with The Modern Jazz Quartet in a rare opportunity. It highlights their cultural sophistication as well as their interests in absorbing musical influences and adapting them to their own unique sound.

Almeida's technically astounding and yet understated style is especially appropriate for the MJQ, which investigates a broad range of music without ostentation or even excessive volume. Instead, these master musicians go about their business by delving into the richness of the jazz/classical, and in this case Latin, influences they have studied and enjoyed.

The idea for combining the MJQ with Almeida started at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival, when they were booked to perform jointly. At the time, both the individual and the group were highly popular due to Almeida's involvement with the bossa nova craze as well as the acceptance of the MJQ in concert halls throughout the world. Audiences were puzzled about how to react to these well-dressed musicians who bestowed class and respect upon the jazz music they played. And yet, the audiences were appreciative and plentiful.

Even though John Lewis' "Silver" starts the album, including his changes of meter and mixing of blues with can't-put-your-finger-on-it classical suggestions, emphasis is placed upon Latin references, particularly during the suspensions of meter when Almeida colors the tune. "Trieste" goes even further with the same temperament when the tango feel enlivens it, even as the same meditative pauses occur.

Almeida sets the ominous mood for Lewis' "Valeria," but ironically he doesn't assume center stage until the last three tracks, which feature the works of Brazilian and Spanish composers. Almeida's introduction to Jobim's "One Note Samba" attains a liveliness and yet delicacy that announce to the listener that he possessed total control of his instrument. Even as the MJQ joins in, Almeida's Brazilian guitar backup remains a strong presence that flavors the music. "Foi A Saudade" presents Almeida with the melodic lead in a percolation of engaging lines that combine not so much in counterpoint as in a fabric that creates a layer of sound. And "Concierto De Aranjuez," with its deliberate Hispanic flair, deepens the texture with a minor-keyed unhurried stroll accented by Percy Heath's emotive arco bass work and Milt Jackson's shimmer.

Combining the best of the Modern Jazz Quartet with the virtuosity of Laurindo Almeida, Collaboration fortunately allows us to appreciate their recorded work which might have gone undocumented if they hadn't wrapped up their 1964 tour in the Atlantic recording studio.

- Don Williamson, Published: July 1, 2001

www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=8110

All Music Guide


  Соисполнители :

Connie Kay (Drums)
John Lewis (Piano)
Milt Jackson (Vibraphone)
Percy Heath (Bass)


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   1 The Sheriff     T       0:02:43 Lewis
   2 In A Crowd         0:03:07 -"-
   3 Bachianas Brasileiras         0:05:45 Villa-Lobos
   4 Mean To Me     T       0:04:26 Ahlert, Turk
   5 Natural Affection         0:04:10 Feather, Lewis
   6 Donnie's Theme         0:04:15 Lewis
   7 Carnival         0:06:07 Bonfa, Jungnickel
   8 Silver         0:03:45 Lewis
   9 Trieste         0:05:37 -"-
   10 Valeria         0:05:52 -"-
   11 Fugue In A Minor         0:03:51 Bach, Bach
   12 One Note Samba         0:05:09 Hendricks, Jobim, Mendonca
   13 Foi A Saudade         0:02:37 Ferreira
   14 Concierto De Aranjuez         0:11:50 Rodrigo

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