Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dedicated to Percy

So long to Percy Heath, 81, bassist and last surviving member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, who died of bone cancer this week. I'm not certain there is such a thing as a bad MJQ CD. But I rate "Pyramid" as the group's classic. The other one I wouldn't want to be without is the double CD "Dedicated to Connie," a live recording from 1960 only released after drummer Connie Kay died in 1994. Leader and pianist John Lewis said the group never played better.

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