Modern Jazz Quartet records ‘Fontessa,’ an album for Atlantic (1956)

Modern Jazz Quartet‘s ‘Fontessa’ is an album recorded from January 22 till February 14, 1956 and released the same year by Atlantic.


Modern Jazz Quartet records ‘Fontessa,’ an album for Atlantic (1956)

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Track Listing : 1.Versailles (John Lewis) – 03:22 . 2.Angel Eyes (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 03:48 . 3.Fontessa (John Lewis) – 11:12 . 4.Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 03:50 . 5.Bluesology (Milt Jackson) – 05:04 . 6.Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell) – 04:47 . 7.Woodyn You (Dizzy Gillespie) – 04:25

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

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegun John Kraus – Engineer . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Ralph J. Gleason – Liner Notes . Norman Sunshine – Cover Art

Recorded From January 22 Till February 14, 1956.

Released In 1956 By Atlantic.

(Source Modern Jazz Quartet – Fontessa | Modern Jazz Quartet @ Wikipedia)


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