High Quality 180g Vinyl LP!
Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
The Modern Jazz Quartet, consisting of John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and
Connie Kay, perform bluesy selections for this 1963 recording.
"Recorded in 1963, The Sheriff features the Modern Jazz Quartet in fine
swinging form... There are four originals by pianist John Lewis, including the
fleeting, bluesy title cut, and the moody, spacious "In a Crowd" -- originally
composed for the 1961 film A Milanese Story. Its stepped-up time signature and
series of phrases played by Milt Jackson grounds the tune in blues, but Lewis'
solo feels more like a solo trumpet breezing through the center. The set
includes Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras," a classical piece the
quartet first performed with guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Bassist Percy Heath is
stellar here, playing both arco and pizzicato and alternately moving the work
forward with deftness and precision. Lewis and Jackson engage in gorgeous
counterpoint throughout. It's knotty, but exotic and beautiful. Another
Latin-based work here is Luiz Bonfa's brilliant "Carnival," which closes the
set. Jackson's melodic interplay with Connie Kay's brushwork is subtle and rich,
moving through a series of verses before Jackson takes it to the blues in his
solo. Lewis keeps the pulse as Heath underscores the backbeat." - Thom Jurek/AMG
• High quality 180g Vinyl LP
• Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
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John Lewis, piano
Milt Jackson, vibraharp
Percy Heath, bass
Connie Kay, drums
1. The Sheriff
2. In A Crowd
3. Bachian As Brasileiras
4. Mean To Me
1. Natural Affection
2. Donnie's Theme