MJQ Project is really a Labour of Love.
vibist Andres Liefsoens (looking a lot older now than on the above picture), I meticulously transcribed some 40 original
Modern Jazz Quartet arrangements, convinced that the MJQ's music should
be played live! That means: as it is - for most John Lewis compositions
cannot be separated from their arrangement...
Project offers the same fortes as the original MJQ: strong
compositions, elaborate arrangements, well-rehearsed and disciplined
ensemble playing, interspersed by subtle but heavy swinging solos. They
combine a classical chamber music group's precision with a classy jazz
quartet's sophistication; they reconcile classical compository principles
and forms (such as the fugue) with an authentic down-to-earth bluesfeeling.
The telepathy-like interplay of musicians playing together for a long
time (that is, since 2000) is obvious...
Most of the time,
The MJQ Project is not very active - the music is too hard to play
only every now and then. But offer us three gigs in a row, and we'll
Moreover: in April/May 2020, we do have a series of concerts!
The rhythm section is completed by Flor Van Leugenhaeghe
and Luc Vanden Bosch