Norm notes the passing of Percy Heath, last surviving founder-member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. As he says, the MJQ used to thought of as desperately unhip but, like Dave Brubeck, they eventually made a comeback in the critical stakes. I only ever heard them once, at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, not long before they disbanded. Quite an evening. John Lewis, the fastidious creator of that unique baroque-jazz sound, came to London to play a solo date a few years ago. A couple sitting almost next to the piano indulged in romantic chit-chat all through his set, but he was too much the gentleman to tell them off.

The greatest MJQ track? I have a soft spot for "Ralph’s New Blues". But it really has to be “Django”.
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