European Windows + A Concert of Contemporary Music
John Lewis (p), Gerald Weinkopt (fl) and Ronnie Ross (bs), J.J. Johnson (tb), Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson (ts), Tony Scott (cl), Gunter Schuller (flh), Billy Bauer (g), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (d)
This edition contains the complete John Lewis album European Windows, appearing here on CD for the first time ever.
Recorded in Germany in 1958, it offers elaborate extended arrangements of Lewi's compositions. As a bonus, the rare LP The Modern Jazz Society, which is included here in its entirety. It also presents compositions and arrangements by John Lewis (two songs are performed on both albums).
This 1955 album features such outstanding soloist as J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz and Tony Scott, among others.
02. The Queen's Fancy
04. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
05. England's Carol [variations of Ye Merry Gentlemen]
06. Three Windows
07. Little David's Fugue
09. The Queen's Fancy
11. Sun Dance
Total time: 73:28 min.
All compositions by John Lewis.
Tracks #1-6 originally issued as "European Windows" (Victor 1742, and RCA LMP-1742).
Tracks #7-11 originally issued as "John Lewis - The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music" (Norgran MGN-1040).
Personnel on #1-6:
John Lewis (p), Percy Heath (b) and Connie Kay (d), plus members of the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra including Gerald Weinkopt (fl) and Ronnie Ross (bs). Arrangements by John Lewis except Midsömmer by Gunther Schuller.
Recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, February 20 (#1-3) and 21 (#4-6).
Personnel on #7-11:
John Lewis (p), with Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson (ts), Tony Scott (cl, playing under the name of Anthony Sciacca), J.J. Johnson (tb), Gunther Schuller (flh), Billy Bauer (g), Percy Heath (b) and Connie Kay (d). Arrangements by John Lewis & Gunther Schuller.
Recorded in New York, on March 14, 1955.