The Prestige Jazz Quartet

The Prestige Jazz Quartet

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  • CAT # OJCCD-1937-25

    1. Take Three Parts Jazz 14:18
    2. Meta-Waltz 5:23
    3. Dear Elaine 8:49
    4. Friday The 13th 10:35

While no doubt intended to fill the void left at the label by the departure of the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Prestige Jazz Quartet made something uniquely its own out of the vibes/piano/bass/drum configuration. This resulted from the distinctly brittle attack and angular solo conceptions of Teddy Charles and Mal Waldron, and the challenging material they created for the group. The MJQ link is clearest in the vibist's suite, "Take Three Parts Jazz," with an opening theme that was also recorded by John Coltrane on Dakar (OJCCD-383-2) and a middle section covered by Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes (OJCCD-1942-2). There are also two compositions in Waldron's bold style, and a reprise of the Monk classic "Friday the 13th" that can be heard in its original version on Thelonious Monk/Sonny Rollins (OJCCD-059-2). While Charles and Waldron generally went their separate ways in the studios, the musicians in the PJQ sustained an occasional performing existence as the Teddy Charles New Directions Quartet through 1960.

with Mal Waldron, Addison Farmer, Jerry Segal

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