Royal Festival Hall, London GB 


September 23, 1961



The MJQ were very popular at this time though there were those who didn't like the quiet, restrained, approach of their music, the opposite of the kind of barnstorming some people associate with jazz. Yes, they were low-key and even formal, in the way they dressed and conducted themselves as well as in the music, but the compositions (mainly by Lewis) were never less than interesting and they were master improvisers. The rhythm, the swing, was impeccable. They were Milt Jackson vibraphone, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath double bass and Connie Kay drums. They played stuff from recent recordings like The Golden Striker, their well-known piece Bags Groove and even Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman.
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