The Jazztet and John Lewis

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The Jazztet and John Lewis
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Studio album by John Lewis, Art Farmer and Benny Golson
Released 1961
Recorded December 20 & 21, 1960 and January 9, 1961
Nola's Penthouse, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 41:55
Label Argo
LP 684
Producer Kay Norton
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The Jazztet and John Lewis is an album by the Jazztet, led by trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Benny Golson and featuring performances composed and arranged by John Lewis. It was recorded in late 1960 and early 1961 and originally released on the Argo label.[1]

Music and recording[edit]

John Lewis wrote all of the compositions.[2]:9 The first, "Bel", was written for this recording and is an "affirmative blues with altered chord changes and a slightly [Thelonious] Monkish line".[2]:9 "Milano" is a ballad with "an arrangement that rotates the lead among the three horns".[2]:9 "Django" had been recorded by several groups; this version has a higher tempo than most and has "a vamp that links individual statements and appears as a prodding background", as on the opening track.[2]:9 "New York 19" is another ballad.[2]:9 "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West" is a "medium-slow blues" that again features a vamp.[2]:9–10 "Odds Against Tomorrow" was written for the 1959 film of the same title; "Lewis passes the melody among the instruments, with diverse combinations of the horns in pairs that gain prominence when the 32-bar blowing section finally arrives."[2]:10


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review states, "Even though the Jazztet and Lewis' own group, the Modern Jazz Quartet, are dissimilar in many ways, the marriage is a successful one".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Lewis

  1. "Bel" – 4:05
  2. "Milano" – 4:49
  3. "Django" – 4:50
  4. "New York 19" – 7:04
  5. "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West" – 8:40
  6. "Odds Against Tomorrow" – 12:27




  • Kay Norton – production
  • Tommy Nola – recording engineering


  1. ^ Art Farmer discography accessed June 15, 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. Mosaic.
  3. ^ a b Dryden, Ken Allmusic Review accessed June 15, 2012