Concorde // The Modern Jazz Quartet (Prestige 7005)

Over here in the United States, the month of February is Black History Month. The month of February is also the shortest month of the year. As a result of both of these facts, the staff of Raggy Waltz decided to celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting jazz albums made by black artists. Beginning now. [...]

Collaboration // The Modern Jazz Quartet With Laurindo Almeida (Atlantic SD 1429)

If it's cool jazz, but comes from the East Coast, is it still cool jazz?  The Modern Jazz Quartet sure played as cool and as relaxed as any West Coast group during the 1950's, but somehow avoided the scathing criticism that most West Coast groups endured.  At any rate, Milt Jackson's cooking vibes and John [...]