An important compilation bringing together all the mid-50s material recorded by The Modern Jazz Quartet and Jimmy Giuffre - featuring tracks from the Atlantic album The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn (1956), some MJQ/Giuffre Trio collaborations on a Third Stream Music anthology and all of the Atlantic album : Historic Jazz Concert At Music Inn also recorded in 1956 in Lennox, Massachusetts. This latter recording appears on CD for the first time.
The first three tracks (Fun, A Fugue for Music Inn, and Serenade) correspond to the MJQs first disc with Giuffre as the guest soloist on clarinet.
The following two songs ("Da Capo" and "Finé") belonged to an anthology dedicated to Third Stream music that introduces an interesting fusion of two bands, the Modern Jazz Quartet and the Jimmy Giuffre Trio.
The third group of songs (Blues In E-Flat, In A Mellotone, The Quiet Time, and Body And Soul) correspond to the four extended version recorded during the celebrated concert at the Music Inn on August 28, 1956. The MJQ does not perform here, even though all of the tracks have a common denominator: the MJQs drummer Connie Kay. And although Giuffre is also absent from one of these tracks featuring Herbie Mann, Lone Hill have included this set on the current release for its exceptional musical quality, and equally importantly, its extreme rarity as a collectors item.
Jimmy Giuffre & The Modern Jazz Quartet:
01. A Fugue For Music Inn
Jimmy Giuffre Trio & The Modern Jazz Quartet:
04. Da Capo
Jimmy Giuffre All Stars feat. Pee Wee Russell, Rex Stewart, Herbie Mann, Teddy Charles, George Wein, Dick Katz, Oscar Pettiford:
06. Blues In E Flat
07. In a Mellotone
08. The Quiet Time
09. Body And Soul
The Modern Jazz Quartet:
10. Oh Bess, Oh Wheres My Bess?
11. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
12. Variation No. 1 on 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'
Total time: 78:38 min.
All tracks recorded at Music Inn, Lennox, Massachusetts, August 1956
"The Historical Jazz Concert album has long been an auctionable item but reappears whole here."
Graham Colombe -Jazz Journal