The Music Of John Lewis
Jazz at The Lincoln Center Orchestra
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In 2013, when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis set out to honor the legacy of the Modern Jazz Quartet’s maestro, they teamed up with New Orleans’ own Jon Batiste. The bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a prodigious pianist in his own right, Batiste joined the JLCO to tackle some of Lewis’s most iconic tunes during a sold-out concert in Rose Theater, the House of Swing.
From the blistering bebop of “Two Bass Hit” to the down-home blues of “2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West”—from small group configurations to the big band might of the full JLCO—The Music of John Lewis captures the elegance and soulfulness of Lewis’s daring compositions. The record also includes a four-movement suite pulled from the Modern Jazz Quartet’s classic recording, The Comedy.
SHERMAN IRBY, (as, ss, fl, cl)
TED NASH, (as, ts, fl, a-fl, cl)
VICTOR GOINES, (ts, cl)
WALTER BLANDING, (ts, ss, cl, oboe)
JOE TEMPERLEY, (bs, b-cl)
PAUL NEDZELA, (bs, b-cl) (substitute for Joe Temperley)
CHRIS CRENSHAW (conductor tracks 6-9)
JON BATISTE, piano
CARLOS HENRIQUEZ, bass
ALI JACKSON, drums
HOWARD JOHNSON, tuba on tracks 6,7,8 & 9
DOUG WAMBLE, guitar on tracks 1 & 2
Recorded live on January 19, 2013 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York.
01. 2 Degrees East,3 Degrees West)
02. Animal Dance
04, Jon Batiste Introduces the Band
05. Delaunay’s Dilemma
06. La Cantatrice
07. Piazza Novana
09. Spanish Steps
10. Wynton Marsalis Discusses Joh Lewis
11. Two Bass Hit