How High the Moon Review: Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ)

“How High the Moon” from the album “Modern Jazz Quartet live and at its Best”. This album was recorded live in Ljubljana, May 1960. The tune was written by Hamilton and Lewis and became hugely popular in the 1950’s when recorded by the great Les Paul and Mary Ford. That recording remains a classic but this MJQ version is a subtle piece for those music lovers with a sophisticated ear and who can pick out the interplay between Milt Jackson’s vibes, John Lewis’s piano, Percy Heath’s bass and Connie Kay’s drums. Modern Jazz improvisers have always loved this tune and its underlying chord sequence. This recording is not recommended for those who admire the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and the other strummers and whiners of the Pop world, but it is recommended for music lovers.

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