Concorde (album)

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Concorde
Studio album by Modern Jazz Quartet
Released 1955 (digitally remastered edition released 1995)
Recorded July 2, 1955
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Cool jazz
Third Stream
Post bop
Length 35:38
Label Prestige
PR 7005
Producer Ira Gitler and Bob Weinstock
Modern Jazz Quartet chronology
1953: An Exceptional Encounter
(1953)
Concorde
(1955)
Django
(1956)

Concorde is an album by the Modern Jazz Quartet, recorded in New York on July 2, 1955, and first released that year as an LP, Prestige 7005, with liner notes by Ira Gitler. The album was reissued in 2008 as part of the Rudy Van Gelder Remasters collection.

The album is the first to feature drummer Connie Kay, who replaced Kenny Clarke in 1955. It is also the first Modern Jazz Quartet LP conceived from the beginning as a long playing record; previous MJQ recordings had been released as 78's, 10 inch 33's or reissues of these formats on a 12 inch LP. The liner notes acknowledge the additional playing time of the LP format by asking the listener to regard this album as a performance set "at one of America's leading jazz rooms".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ralph's New Blues" (Milt Jackson) – 7:08
  2. "All of You" (Cole Porter) – 4:31
  3. "I'll Remember April" (Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 5:09
  4. "Gershwin Medley: Soon; For You,For Me, Forevermore; Love Walked In; Our Love Is Here To Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 7:54
  5. "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) – 7:54
  6. "Concorde" (John Lewis) – 3:42

Personnel[edit]