Plastic Dreams (album)

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Plastic Dreams
Studio album by Modern Jazz Quartet
Released 1971
Recorded May 24, 1971
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 36:23
Label Atlantic 1589
Producer Arif Mardin
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Plastic Dreams is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet, augmented by a brass section on three tracks, recorded in 1971 and released on the Atlantic label.[2]


At the time of its original release the Gramophone reviewer stated "Plastic Dreams" is an auspicious release for it lacks much of the pretentiousness which I have learned to dread ever since I first saw the Quartet in Paris in 1956".[3]

The Allmusic review stated "Plastic Dreams has never been a critic's favorite, and was an album that mystified many of the group's longtime followers... Plastic Dreams was as close as the MJQ ever got to making a pop album... Indeed, as a whole Plastic Dreams does seem like a final refinement of several idealistic threads found throughout the MJQ's studio work stretching back to about 1960, with generous room made for new directions".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Lewis except as indicated

  1. "Walkin' Stomp" - 4:45
  2. "Dancing" (Milt Jackson) - 5:14
  3. "Plastic Dreams" - 5:22
  4. "Variations on a Christmas Theme" (Traditional arranged Lewis) - 4:25
  5. "Trav'lin'" - 4:41
  6. "Piazza Navona" - 6:36
  7. "England's Carol" (Traditional arranged Lewis) - 5:20



  1. ^ a b Lewis, D. Allmusic Review accessed May 31, 2012
  2. ^ Modern Jazz Quartet discography accessed May 31, 2012
  3. ^ Gramophone Review, May 1972, p. 133