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Plastic Dreams by Modern Jazz Quartet
Released: May 1971
Label: Rhino Atlantic
The socio-ironic album art should clue you into the fact that this platter comes from the early 1970s. But the Modern Jazz Quartet never really paid attention to changing musical fads and here they only slightly modify their sound with a harpsichord and a few stray horn jabs. The MJQ's button-down image has always took some focus off the deep grooves they can dig into; if you doubt that this classy chamber bop outfit had one of the most amazingly propulsive rhythm sections in jazz history just play "Walkin' Stomp." Even pianist/leader John Lewis could be deceptively funky player, while Milt Jackson continues to show why he was the single greatest vibraphonist in history.
Nick Dedina
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