Modern Jazz Quartet record their ‘European Concert’ album in Sweden (1960)

Modern Jazz Quartet‘s ‘European Concert’ is a live album recorded on April 11, 12 & 13, 1960 in Sweden and released In 1962 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Django (John Lewis) – 05:32 . 2.Bluesology (Milt Jackson) – 04:39 . 3.I Should Care (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) – 05:33 . 4.La Ronde (John Lewis) – 03:07 . 5.I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) – 05:15 . 6.Festival Sketch (John Lewis) – 04:40 . 7.Vendome (John Lewis) – 02:45 . 8.Odds Against Tomorrow (John Lewis) – 06:57 . 9.Pyramid (Blues For Junior) (Ray Brown) – 08:45 . 10.It Don’T Mean A Thing (If It Ain’T Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 05:36 . 11.Skating In Central Park (John Lewis) – 06:10 . 12.The Cylinder (Milt Jackson) – 06:28 . 13.’Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) – 03:51 . 14.Bags’ Groove (Milt Jackson) – 05:13 . 15.I’Ll Remember April (Gene De Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 04:54

Lee Friedlander

Musicians : Milt Jackson – Vibraphone . John Lewis – Piano . Percy Heath – Bass . Connie Kay – Drums

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegun Gene Paul – Mastering . Gosta Wiholm – Engineer

Package : Nancy Dwyer – Illustrations . Lee Friedlander asterisques RVM – Photography . David Gahr – Photography . Page Simon – Graphic Design

Recorded On April 11, 12 & 13, 1960 At Theaters In Stockholm And Goteborg, Sweden.

Released In 1962 By Atlantic.

(Source Modern Jazz Quartet – European Concert | the Modern Jazz Quartet…fine music nearly 50 years!)


All About Jazz
The respectful restraint of the audience becomes apparent in the applause, not as wild as on some recordings but certainly forceful in its appreciation after each tune. Perhaps that was because of the integrity of the quartet, which played the music it believed in and didn’t condescend to the listeners or expect them to hear simplification of the music. […]

These are essentialand irresistible, versions of “Django,” “Bluesology,” “Vendome,” “The Cylinder” and 11 other MJQ staples, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” a title that symbolizes the quartet’s ethos. Everything here swings, even at the deliciously slow tempo of “I Should Care.” […]

lanky_caravan @ RateYourMusic
The performances, over the course of two discs, are both restrained and at the same time bursting with improvisation. A great way to check in with MJQ if you are a fan of the genre and so inclined towards truly sophisticated jazz – it doesn’t get much better […]


Modern Jazz Quartet‘s ‘European Concert’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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