It’s a beautiful clear Spring morning in Wexford. I am sitting in the study listening to the album Space (1969) by Modern Jazz Quartet. This was the second of two albums they recorded on the Apple label. And it is a real gem. Their interpretation of Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez” is a delight. It is obvious from even a first listen that these guys don’t care to be strait-jacketed. Anything goes. One reviewer was really bothered by their lack of interest to stay within the white lines … and their over-ringing the bell! http://blogcritics.org/music-review-the-modern-jazz-quartet. As for me, and notwithstanding what were probably innovative noodlings at the time by the producer, I can honestly say this album gets me into the zone. Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in Space!
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