Blues on Bach

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Blues on Bach
Studio album by Modern Jazz Quartet
Released 1974
Recorded November 26 & 27, 1973
Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 41:27
Label Atlantic
QD 1652
Producer Nesuhi Ertegun
Modern Jazz Quartet chronology
In Memoriam
Blues on Bach
The Complete Last Concert
Milt Jackson chronology
In Memoriam
Blues on Bach
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Blues on Bach is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet recorded in 1973 and released on the Atlantic label.[2] The album includes five compositions based on Johann Sebastian Bach's melodies from "The Old Year Has Now Passed Away" ("Regret?"), "Sleepers Wake" ("Rise Up in the Morning"), "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" ("Precious Joy"), "Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach" (Don't Stop This Train") and "The Well-Tempered Clavier" ("Tears from the Children").


The Allmusic review stated "This album has an interesting concept, alternating four original blues with five adaptations of melodies from classical works by Bach. The Modern Jazz Quartet had long been quite adept in both areas, and despite a certain lack of variety on this set (alternating back and forth between the two styles somewhat predictably), the music is largely enjoyable".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Lewis except as indicated

  1. "Regret?" - 2:04
  2. "Blues in B Flat" - 4:56
  3. "Rise Up in the Morning" - 3:28
  4. "Blues in A Minor" - 7:53
  5. "Precious Joy" - 3:12
  6. "Blues in C Minor" (Milt Jackson) - 7:58
  7. "Don't Stop This Train" - 1:45
  8. "Blues In H (B)" (Jackson) - 5:46
  9. "Tears from the Children" - 4:25



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 1, 2012
  2. ^ Modern Jazz Quartet discography accessed June 1, 2012