John Lewis formed the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 after many years as a
pianist and arranger for the Dizzy Gillespie band.
For twenty-two years the Modern Jazz Quartet was a significant influence on
the contemporary jazz scene.
As pianist and music director of the group, John Lewis brought jazz closer to
One of their outstanding albums, In Memoriam, was done with a symphony
Three Jazz Moods, based on “Three Little Feelings” from
that recording, shows the symphonic side of Lewis’ compositional
Each theme uses a minor key blues feeling and there is frequent use of
complex chords, notably with a flatted fifth.
The recording of this work featured a band of trumpet, horn, trombone,
baritone, tuba and percussion sections as well as a jazz rhythm section.
Featured solos were by Bill Barber (tuba), Jim Buffington (horn), and Miles
Davis (trumpet and flugelhorn).
The recording was conducted by Gunther Schuller, who was also one of the horn
The transcription for concert band doen by Peter Philips adds woodwinds to the
score, but captures the essence of the original.
Recorded 1993/10/30, William Toland conducting.
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