The Modern Jazz Quartet begins the recording of their album : ‘Pyramid’ (1959)

The Modern Jazz Quartet’s ‘Pyramid’ is an album recorded on August 22 & 25 and December 21, 1959 and January 15, 1960 and released the same year by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Vendome (John Lewis) – 02:30 . 2.Pyramid (Blues For Junior) (Ray Brown) – 10:46 . 3.It Don’T Mean A Thing (If It Ain’T Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 05:02 . 4.Django (John Lewis) – 04:36 . 5.How High The Moon (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) – 06:15 . 6.Romaine (Jim Hall) – 07:28

Musicians : The Modern Jazz Quartet – Band . Milt Jackson – Vibraphone . John Lewis – Piano . Percy Heath – Bass . Connie Kay – Drums

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegun Earle Brown – Engineer . John Cue – Engineer . Tom Dowd – Engineer

Package : John Lewis – Liner Notes

Recorded On August 22 & 25 And December 21, 1959 And January 15, 1960 At Music Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts And Capitol Studios, New York City.

Released In 1960 By Atlantic.

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mastershuggie @ RateYourMusic
Absolutely essential. This basically helped build the definition of third-stream music. Not only does Milt Jackson murder the vibraphone, but the album is simultaneously perplexing, atmosphericand relaxing. […]

Lodon Jazz News
Most of the compositions and arrangements in these recordings are by Lewisand they have an almost geometric form. Pyramid, the title track of the 1960 album, is a ‘tempo pyramid’: fast to slow to fast. […]

All About Jazz
The title track, written by Ray Brown, with singer Mahalia Jackson in mind, is a rising and falling slow number that beautifully sits on the fence that separates gospel and the blues. […]

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