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jazz John Lewis Solo Piano, Live in Munich Munich Summer Piano Festival 1999

Munich Summer Piano Festival 1999

John Lewis Solo Piano, Live in Munich Munich Summer Piano Festival 1999


It was his US army comrade, Clark Terry, that convinced John Lewis to embark upon his jazz career. Once service was over, the Illinois native moved to New York and joined Dizzy Gillespie's band as a pianist, soon graduating to composer and arranger before becoming a sought-after sideman for the likes of Charlie Parker (on famous classics, like "Parker's Mood" and "Blues For Alice"), Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. Yet despite these star-studded collaborations, it was his union with Milt Jackson that stamped Lewis' name onto jazz history – the Modern Jazz Quartet – a revolutionary break-off from Gillespie's big band that focused on freedom and complexity, mixing in classical (always big influence on Lewis), blues, cool jazz and, of course, bebop. 

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  • Directed by:
    • Dieter Hens
  • Venue: Munich Summer Piano Festival (Munich, Germany)
  • Production date: 2000
  • Recording date: 1999
  • Production: © LOFT
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