John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz
John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz
John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz
John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz
John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz
John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz

John Lewis - The Wonderful World Of Jazz

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John Lewis - piano

George Duvivier - bass [click here to see more vinyl featuring George Duvivier]

Jim Hall - guitar  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jim Hall]

Connie Kay - drums

Eric Dolphy - alto saxophone (B2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Eric Dolphy]

James Rivers (baritone saxophone : B2), Gunther Schuller (french horn : B2), Benny Golson (tenor saxophone : B2), Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone : A1), Herb Pomeroy (trumpet : A1 & B2)

Written by John Lewis (B1, B2), Frank Eyton (A1), Johnny Green (A1), Edward Heyman (A1), Robert Sour(A1), Sammy Cahn (A2), Axel Stordahl (A2), Paul Weston(A2), Benny Golson (B3)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Atlantic

A2,B1,B3 recorded July 29, 1960 ; A1 recorded September 8, 1960 ; B2 recorded September 9, 1960.

Arrangements by John Lewis

Recording Engineers – Bob Arnold, Earle Brown, Gene Thompson, Johnny Cue

Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun & Tom Dowd

Originally released in 1961

Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Reissued in 2016

Tracks :

Side A : 

1. Body And Soul

2. I Should Care

Side B :

1. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West

2. Afternoon In Paris 

3. I Remember Clifford


"Lewis, known for his own cool piano technique and sideman to the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Lester Young (what a line-up!), was a busy guy, primarily because he was the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet where he combined jazz with classical constructions and gave jazz a distinctly cerebral touch yet his own approach to jazz was one of musical efficiency where not a note went to waste. It all mattered. As did getting his music to the people. In fact he did just that for over 20 years as the MJQ rarely left the road. You can also add scoring for film which included titles such as Odds Against Tomorrow, No Sun in Venice and A Milanese Story,

Where he found the time to release a series of solo albums, I do not know. Nevertheless, he did and the Atlantic label (which is where this LP initially resided) was his principle home.

Frankly, its a superb album and benefits continued listening because you will hear and understand more with each play. In conjunction with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Connie Kay, Lewis offers an array of styles and variations including a trio of piano-heavy tracks plus the superb Body and Soul which not only roams for over 15 minutes but includes a quite delicious solo from tenor sax man, Paul Gonsalves.

By the time we get to Afternoon in Paris, half way through Side 2, we come up against trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, Gunther Schuller on French horn, tenor man Benny Golson, baritonist Jimmy Giuffre, and guitarist Jim Hall who all offer a splendid reading. Eric Dolphy does threaten to outshine them all though." Paul Rigby, March 2017 "A beautiful album that should be in every jazz fan’s collection" 

 There is nothing hurried about this disc. That said, the music is focused and will stretch your mind. Lewis employed masterful melodic improvisers here: Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dolphy, Jim Hall among others. Listen to "Body and Soul" as it builds powerfully and the soloists explore every possible melodic theme, where the quiet power of these master musicians is almost too much to take. Listen to "I Remember Clifford" where the players are essentially the MJQ with Jim Hall replacing Milt Jackson. This set swings, but oh-so-elegantly. Just like Mr. LewisS.C.Berry

Whether you're an old-time jazz afficionado or new to the genre, this album is essential. In my opinion, Lewis' lovely solo on "Body & Soul" makes his version virtually definitive - 15 minutes of bliss. The rest of the album, particularly "Afternoon in Paris", is at the same level. "Wonderful" is the perfect title for this record. " E Barrios 



Discogs : 4.75 / 5

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