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  • When pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke became the MJQ, a popular hybrid of jazz and baroque-like classical forms developed.

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  • I heard the MJQ live, once, about 30 years ago, and no other Jazz at Lincoln Center event this Spring fills me with as much anticipation.

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  • Jackson and Lewis were both highly percussive players, no less than Kay, and at its most intense, the MJQ sometimes seemed like the hardest-swinging percussion ensemble that ever existed.

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  • He had opened with his quartet, co-starring vibraharpist Warren Wolf, with an untitled piece that summoned up the interpersonal dynamics, though not the specific tunes, of the MJQ.

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  • Thankfully, in the last few seasons, the music of the MJQ has been stealthily swinging back into New York clubs and concert stages.

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  • The only thing pedestrian about this show is its title: "A Tribute to the MJQ" brings to mind an Atlantic City-style "tribute" to Kiss or Aerosmith.

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  • Mr. Motian uses the same instrumental line-up as the MJQ—with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Craig Taborn, and bassist Thomas Morgan—and for the most part plays the compositions of John Lewis and Milt Jackson.

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  • Last September, a pair of very young but already seasoned players, pianist Aaron Diehl and vibraphonist Warren Wolf, offered an exceptional evening of the MJQ at Dizzy's.

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  • The MJQ's charts were always tight, even on the more freely improvised pieces, while Mr. Motian prefers a more ambiguous, flowing beat.

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  • Yet from that point on, he goes his own way; this is anything but a re-creation, but rather a tribute in the truest sense, one that the MJQ members themselves would have felt honored to hear.

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