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JazzTimes 10: All-Time Great Jazz Quartets

From Goodman to Shorter, some of the best jazz has carried the sign of four

Modern Jazz Quartet
From 1952 to 1974, the MJQ—pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Connie Kay—embodied elegance and intelligence in jazz. Pyramid (Atlantic), from 1959, is just one of many high points for this band, containing two Lewis-penned evergreens, “Django” and “Vendome,” as well as inspired versions of “How High the Moon” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.