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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

World Saxophone Quartet
A different kind of quartet, lacking not just piano but also bass and drums. On 1989’s Rhythm and Blues (Elektra), saxophonists Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, David Murray, and Hamiet Bluiett chose a different kind of repertoire, too: soul and funk numbers like “For the Love of Money,” “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” and “Night Train.” When these immediately recognizable tunes get entered into the WSQ rearrangement program, the results are pure poetry.

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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.