Manhattan Jazz Quintet

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The Manhattan Jazz Quintet is a jazz ensemble consisting of David Matthews on piano, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Victor Lewis on drums, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, and Charnett Moffett on bass. Previously, the band featured George Young on tenor sax, Eddie Gómez on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums.

The group was formed in 1983 at the suggestion of Japanese jazz magazine Swing Journal and the King record label and won the Gold Disk Award of Swing in 1984.

Gadd left in 1987, with Dave Weckl serving as a replacement in 1988 and 1989,[1] but came back for a reunion in 1990, with John Scofield as guest artist on a number of selections. These later recordings were recorded for the Sweet Basil label.

The group got back together to make two recordings in 1995, and released a record every from 2000[citation needed] under the Video Arts Music label. Video Arts also re-released many of the older albums on November 21, 2001, coinciding with the release of the new I Got Rhythm.

Gomez left the band after the recording of Manteca in 1992 and was replaced by Charnett Moffett. Gadd left the band, with Victor Lewis becoming his permanent replacement in 1993; Young left in 2000 and was replaced by Andy Snitzer.[2]

Due to the group's extremely limited distribution in other countries (albums are only available as imports from Japan), it is not well known outside of Japan.

Discography[edit]

Album name Year released Label References/notes[3] unless otherwise noted
Manhattan Jazz Quintet 1984 King
Autumn Leaves 1985 King
My Funny Valentine 1986 King [4]
The Sidewinder 1986 King [5]
My Favorite Things: Live In Tokyo 1987 King
Caravan 1988 King with Dave Weckl on drums[1]
Face to Face 1988 King with Dave Weckl on drums
Plays Blue Note 1988 King with Dave Weckl on drums;[6]
The Best of Manhattan Jazz Quintet 1988 Projazz (compilation)
Live At Pit Inn 1989 King with Dave Weckl on drums
Manhattan Blues 1990 Sweet Basil/Peter Pan (?) with Steve Gadd on drums[7]
re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001
Funky Strut 1991 Sweet Basil with Peter Erskine on drums[8]
re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001
Manteca (live) 1992 Evidence with Peter Erskine on drums
re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001
Autumn in New York 1993 Sweet Basil with Victor Lewis on drums
re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001
Concierto de Aranjuez 1994 Sweet Basil [9][10]

with both Gadd[7] & Lewis on drums and both Moffett & Gomez on bass
re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001

Moritat 1995 Peter Pan with Victor Lewis on drums (and all albums after this point)
The Original Voice 1995 Sweet Basil re-released by Video Arts on November 21, 2001
La Fiesta 1997 Sweet Basil [11]
Air on the G String 1997 Sweet Basil [12]
'Round Midnight
with Terumasa Hino
1998 Sweet Basil [13]
Teen Town 2000 Video Arts re-released by Video Arts on March 21, 2007
I Got Rhythm 2001 Video Arts re-released by Video Arts on March 21, 2007
Take Five: Live at the Symphony Hall with Century Orchestra Osaka 2001 Video Arts
Blue Bossa 2003 Video Arts
Take The A Train 2004 Video Arts re-released by Video Arts on March 21, 2007
Come Together 2005 Video Arts [14]
Someday My Prince Will Come 2007 Video Arts [15]
Best of best 2000-2007 selected by Shigeyuki Kawashima 2008 Video Arts (compilation) [16]
Best of Best  ?? Sweet Basil (compilation) – includes recordings from 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994;[17]

Mahattan Jazz Quintet also recorded Good King Wenceslas for the compilation CD Chiaroscuro Christmas.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Album name Year released Distributor References/notes
Live at Quatro  ?? Music Video Distributors (??) VHS of 1990 live concert[19]
Live in Tokyo 2005 2006 Video Arts DVD of live performance; released on May 31, 2006;[20] re-released on September 24, 2008[21]

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