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Morning Song – True Blues

February 6, 2016

Watch the hands and faces (especially the eyes) of the members of the Modern Jazz Quartet as they play Milt Jackson’s “True Blues” at a London concert in 1982.

By this time they’d been playing and recording together for over 30 years—everything from Bach to the Beatles to their own classically-infused hard bop and cool jazz.  Watching, you can practically feel the collective groove (akin to Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s psychological state of flow) they enter into: a mix of hard-won virtuosity, tempered individual skill and collective surrender to the music enveloping them.

Sure, they’re playing to an audience of thousands in the concert hall (and of millions by videotape), but there’s a separate and parallel musical event happening here to which only the four of them are invited.

Enjoy.

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