John Lewis – The Complete Albums Collection: 1957 – 1962 (2017)

John Lewis - The Complete Albums Collection 1957 - 1962 (2017)
Artist: John Lewis
Album: The Complete Albums Collection: 1957 – 1962
Label: Enlightenment
Year Of Release: 2017
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
01. Love Me or Leave Me
02. I Can’t Get Started
03. Easy Living
04. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (1957)
05. Skylark
06. Almost Like Being in Love
07. I Cover the Waterfront
08. Dear Old Stockholm
09. Afternoon in Paris
10. All the Things You Are
11. Bags’ Groove
12. Willow Weep for Me
13. Harlequin
14. Little Girl Blue
15. The Bad and the Beautiful
16. D & E
17. It Never Entered My Mind
18. Warmeland
19. Two Lyric Pieces: A) Pierrot, B) Colombine
20. Midsömmer
21. The Queen’s Fancy
22. Cortège
23. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (1958)
24. England’s Carol
25. Three Windows
26. Now’s the Time
27. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
28. Delauney’s Dilemma
29. Love Me
30. Yesterdays
31. How Long Has This Been Going On?
32. September Song
33. Fanfare I
34. Piazza Navona
35. Odds Against Tomorrow
36. Fanfare II
37. Pulcinella
38. Fanfare II (Reprise)
39. The Golden Striker
40. Piazza Di Spagna
41. Fanfare I (Reprise)
42. La Cantatrice
43. Body and Soul
44. I Should Care
45. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (1961)
46. Afternoon in Paris (1961)
47. I Remember Clifford
48. If I Were Eve
49. Winter’s Tale
50. Slater’s Theme
51. Valeria
52. Lonely Woman
53. Django
54. New York 19

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Pianist and composer John Lewis, best known as a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, is among the most compelling performers and arrangers of the jazz/classical crossover genre. Astute yet humble, his compositional and playing methods developed by favouring minimalism, control and emotion over the more intense and brash styles adopted by the core of players during the bebop era. Greatly influenced by the likes of Count Basie, Lester Young and Duke Ellington, his years of classical training led him to take a more direct approach to his instrument, selecting each note and phrase with deliberation while opposing the wilder improvisational techniques of the day. This collection, containing over five hours of music across four discs, collates the very best of John Lewis early solo career, and in so doing highlights the finest work of a truly exceptional composer and pianist. Featuring eight original, remastered Lewis albums in their entirely, this set is a masterclass in composition and musicianship from a man who bravely defied the boundaries of genre and laid the foundation for scores of writers and arrangers who followed his lead.

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