In Memoriam (Modern Jazz Quartet Album)
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In Memoriam Modern Jazz Quartet Album
In Memoriam
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Studio album by
RecordedNovember 5 & 6, 1973
CBS Studios, New York City
LabelLittle David LD 3001
ProducerJohn Lewis and Teo Macero
Modern Jazz Quartet chronology
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Milt Jackson chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

In Memoriam is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet recorded in 1973 and released on the Little David label.[3]


On the Album In Memoriam, recorded a year before the start of their hiatus, the Modern Jazz Quartet was accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Maurice Peress. Pianist John Lewis wrote the title composition in tribute to Walter Keller, his piano teacher at the University of New Mexico. He composed "Jazz Ostinato" around 1960 during the third stream era ; it is based on three ostinato figures, the third of which he said was originally conceived as backing "for an Ornette Coleman - Eric Dolphy approach". Furthermore, the piece contains homages to Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, prompting Lewis to comment that it "also plays a part in the memorium". The group had previously recorded the adagio from "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the guitarist Laurindo Almeida] on their 1964 album Collaboration.[4][5][6]


The Allmusic review stated "despite some stimulating moments, the music is often quite dry. It's one of the classic group's lesser releases".[1]

Track listing

All compositions by John Lewis except as indicated

  1. "In Memoriam - First Movement" - 8:40
  2. "In Memoriam - Second Movement" 9:03
  3. "Jazz Ostinato" - 6:19
  4. "Adagio from the Guitar Concerto: Concerto de Aranjuez" (Joaquín Rodrigo) - 9:49



  1. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed June 1, 2012
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 143. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Modern Jazz Quartet discography accessed June 1, 2012
  4. ^ Giddins, Gary (1998). "Modern Jazz Quartet (The First Forty Years)". Visions of Jazz: The First Century. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 393, 398. ISBN 978-0-19-513241-0.
  5. ^ "Albuquerque Celebrates its Own Jazz Icon". Weekly Alibi. July 7, 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Collaboration - The Modern Jazz Quartet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019.

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