I’m making chicken fajita sweet potato skins (click HERE) for dinner tonight which, essentially, is loading some some veggies (sweet potato included of course) and two chicken breasts into the oven and then kicking back for an hour in the EZ-Boy with my ‘The Dragon Behind the Glass‘ book by Emily Voigt until everything is done. Easy right? The other bonus to tonight’s menu is that is gives me a chance to listen to some Jazz Boner while everything cooks, specifically the ‘The Quartet‘ album by the Modern Jazz Quartet.
This is an exclusive 2016 Record Store Day release featuring Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums), otherwise known as The Modern Jazz Quartet.
In reality though, only four of the cuts here feature the permanent, stand-alone, 1952-vintage Modern Jazz Quartet; the other eight having been done in the summer and fall of 1951, when they were still known as the Milt Jackson Quartet, with Jackson providing all of the original material. The differences are so subtle as to be indistinguishable – Milt Jackson and John Lewis are on every cut, while Al Johns subs for Kenny Clarke on drums, and Ray Brown precedes Percy Heath on four of the tracks. Clarke’s drumming is more impressive in its quiet way, but Ray Brown’s bass work is simpler and more forceful.
The sound is fair, with some hints of distortion that’s been repaired, on this otherwise nicely done reissue. There are also a few bonus tracks included here like ‘Autumn Breeze‘, ‘Moving Nicely‘, ‘Bluesology‘, and ‘Round About Midnight‘.
Very sweet listen and, DAY-UM! if doesn’t smell good in here.
I’d say dinner is about ready.