The Modern Jazz Quartet – Dedicated to Connie

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Dedicated to Connie is a live album by American jazz group The Modern Jazz Quartet featuring performances recorded in Slovenia in May 1960 and released in 1995 on the Atlantic label following drummer Connie Kay’s death. The album was also released by Jazz Life in 1990 as Modern Jazz Quartet In Concert.

“Dedicated to Connie Kay after his death, this concert LP, recorded in Slovenia in 1960, found the Modern Jazz Quartet (which included pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and bassist Percy Heath) in surprisingly inspired form, playing their usual repertoire of the time. Highlights include a 23-minute medley of John Lewis compositions, “Bag’s Groove,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Django,” “How High the Moon,” and “Skating in Central Park.” Lewis has stated that the group never played better than during this concert. Although that statement is debatable, the MJQ certainly sounds in prime form throughout the easily recommended release.” – Sott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:

Disc One:

“The Little Comedy/La Cantatrice/Harlequin/Fontessa” ( John Lewis) – 23:05
“‘Round Midnight” (Thelonious Monk) – 4:09
“The Cylinder” (Milt Jackson) – 6:02
“Bags’ Groove” (Milt Jackson) – 5:28
“Odds Against Tomorrow” (John Lewis) – 8:12
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 5:13
“A Social Call” (Gigi Gryce) – 4:52

Disc Two

“Django” (John Lewis) – 4:40
“I Should Care” (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) – 6:14
“How High the Moon” (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) – 7:51
“Colombine/Pulcinella” (John Lewis) – 9:22
“Spanish Steps” (John Lewis) – 4:08
“Pyramid (Blues for Junior)” (Ray Brown) – 10:41
“Milt Meets Sid” (Milt Jackson) – 3:40
“I Remember Clifford” (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) – 6:03
“Vendome” (John Lewis) – 2:42
“Skating in Central Park” (John Lewis) – 6:10

Milt Jackson – vibraphone
John Lewis – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Connie Kay – drums


Released: 1995
Recorded: May 27, 1960
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Length: 118:32
Label: Atlantic 7567-82763-2
Producer: Ahmet Ertegun & John Lewis