Lonely Woman

Lonely Woman

by The Modern Jazz QuartetThe Modern Jazz Quartet


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Having sponsored Ornette Coleman at the School of Jazz near Lennox, MA, pianist and composer John Lewis helped launch the controversial career of one of the last great innovators in jazz. Lewis' support of the ragtag Texas native was somewhat unique in jazz circles at the time and even surprising, especially considering the gulf between the classical jazz formality of his group the Modern Jazz Quartet and Coleman's radical notions of free improvisation. Nevertheless, Lewis not only saw in Coleman the first jazz genius since bebop's Parker, Gillespie, and Monk, but put pay to the praise with the MJQ's 1962 rendition of one of Coleman's most famous numbers, "Lonely Woman." (Along with Art Pepper's 1960 version of "Tears Inside," this was one of the earliest of Coleman covers done.) The 1962 Atlantic album of the same name turns out to be one of the band's best efforts. Lewis and fellow MJQ members Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Connie Kaye capitalize on the dramatic theme of "Lonely Woman" while adding a bit of chamber music complexity to the mix. The quartet doesn't take Coleman's free form harmolodic theory to heart with a round of quixotic solos, but the group does spotlight the often overlooked strength of his compositional ideas. And while the MJQ further plies its knack for involved pieces on Lewis originals like "Fugato" and "Trieste," the group also balances out the set with looser material more in tune with Jackson's blues and swing sensibilities. A great disc that's perfect for the curious jazz lover.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679066527
catalogNumber: 90665
Rank: 110027


  1. Lonely Woman
  2. Animal Dance
  3. New York 19
  4. Belkis
  5. Why Are You Blue?
  6. Fugato
  7. Lamb, Leopard (If I Were Eve)
  8. Trieste

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Modern Jazz Quartet   Primary Artist
Milt Jackson   Harp,Vibes
John Lewis   Piano
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
John Richard Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Liner Notes
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Phil Iehle   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Claude Nobs   Liner Notes,Re-Release Coordinator
Curtice Taylor   Coloring
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Thierry Amsallem   Re-Release Coordinator
Yves Bigot   Liner Notes
Andree Buchler   Re-Release Coordinator
Richard Heimann   Cover Photo
Raymond Mouly   Liner Notes

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