Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Music of John Lewis The Music of John Lewis

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Few captured the sleek, swinging sophistication of jazz better than pianist, composer, and bandleader John Lewis, who had a long, deep, personal relationship with Jazz at Lincoln Center. “He used to always call our program a miracle,” says Wynton Marsalis. “He used to always say, ‘Keep that miracle going.’”

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.

“The depth of his belief makes his music timeless,” Batiste says of Lewis. “For artists, what remains impactful and meaningful in one’s art depends on the accuracy and intensity of your insights. Mr. Lewis's music is still with us, and it is an honor to place my artistry in the tradition of serving it. So put on this record, listen with your eyes closed, and engage your imagination.”

Tracklist

1. 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (7:08)
2. Animal Dance (3:55)
3. Django (4:52)
4. Jon Batiste Introduces the Band (1:03)
5. Delaunay’s Dilemma (5:23)
6. La Cantatrice (5:08)
7. Piazza Navona (6:35)
8. Pulcinella (4:07)
9. Spanish Steps (4:49)
10. Wynton Marsalis Discusses John Lewis (1:40)
11. Two Bass Hit (6:45)

Album Details

Artist

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Album Title

The Music of John Lewis

Street Date

03/24/2017

Order Due Date

02/24/2017

Discount

3% (ends 03/30/2017)

Genre

Jazz

Label

Blue Engine Records

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD14

UPC

857509005056

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

BE0008

Album Details

Artist

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Album Title

The Music of John Lewis

Preorder Date

02/10/2017

Street Date

03/24/2017

Genre

Jazz

Label

Blue Engine Records

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

886446325286