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John Lewis & Modern Jazz Quartet
Bach's Instrumental Works

Contents

Recordings of Solo Keyboard Works
Recordings of Chamber Works
Recordings of Orchestral Works
Recordings of Arrangements & Transcriptions
Recordings of Vocal Works

John Lewis - Short Biography

Recordings

Recordings of Solo Keyboard Works

K-1

The Bridge Game, based on J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I : Vol. 1

Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 [2:58, 7:53]
Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 [3:17, 4:14]
Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851 [3:29, 5:43]
Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 852 [6:27, 3:25]
Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 866 [3:52, 4:39]
Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 [5:30, 3:58]

John Lewis (Piano); Joel Lester (Violin); Lois Martin (Viola); Howard Collins (Guitar); Marc Johnson (Bass)

Philips / Verve 824381

Jan 16, 18, 19, 23 & 25, Sep 25-26, 1984

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Recorded at the Rutgers Church, New York City, NY, USA.
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K-2

The Bridge Game, based on J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I : Vol. 2

 

Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV 854 (One heart; The game demand) [3:09, 3:40]
Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (Two clubs; A little slam in diamonds) [5:53, 5:02]
Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 (One spade; The preempt) [3:43, 3:59]
Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861 (One diamond; The takeout double) [4:10, 6:48]
Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 (Two clubs; The invitation to a slam (9:35).) [4:29, 9:35]

John Lewis (Piano)

Philips / Verve 826898

Jan 16 - Sep 25, 1984

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Recorded at the Rutgers Church, New York City, NY, USA.
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K-3

The Chess Game, based on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, Part 1 (Variations 1-15)

Consists of selections from Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988, performed on harpsichord, alternating with variations composed by John Lewis for harpsichord and piano, each based on the preceding original:
Queens Pawn Opening Aria On Harpisichord
Aria On Piano
Kings Gambit Var 1 On Harpsichord
Var 1 On Piano
Pawn To Queen 4 Var 2 On Harpsichord
Var 2 On Piano And Harpsichord
Knight To Bishiop 3 Var 3 On Harpsichord
Var 3 On Piano
English Opening Var 4 On Harpsichord
Var 4 On Piano And Harpsichord
French Defence Var 5 On Harpsichord
Var 5 On Piano And Harpsichord
Bishop To Queen 3 Var 6 On Harpsichord
Var 6 On Piano And Harpsichord
Pawn To King 5 Var 7 On Harpsichord
Var 7 On Piano And Harpsichord
Enpassant Var 8 On Piano And Harpsichord
Var 8 On Piano And Harpsichord
Rook Takes Queens Knight Var 9 On Harpsichord
Var 9 On Piano
Castle Var 10 On Harpsichord And Piano
Rook To Queen 1 Var 11 On Harpsichord
Var 11 On Piano And Harpsichord
King To Knight 2 Var 12 On Harpsichord
Var 12 On Piano
Bishop Takes Knight Var 13 On Harpsichord
Var 13 On Piano And Harpsichord
Slav Defence Var 14 On Harpsichord
Queens Gambit Declined Var 15 On Harpsichord
Var 15 On Piano And Harpsichord

Marjana Lewis (Harpsichord); John Lewis (Piano improvisations)

Philips

Nov 11, 1986

CD / TT: 45:59

 

K-4

The Chess Game, based on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, Part 2 (Variations 16-30)

Consists of selections from Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988, performed on harpsichord, alternating with variations composed by John Lewis for harpsichord and piano, each based on the preceding original:
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Var 16 on Harpsichord
Var 16 on Piano and Harpsichord
King's Indian Defense: Var 17 on Harpsichord
Var 17 on Piano and Harpsichord
King To Knight Two: Var 18 on Harpsichord
Var 18 on Piano and Harpsichord
Old Fianchetto: Var 19 on Harpsichord
Var 19 on Piano and Harpsichord
Yugoslav Variation: Var 20 on Harpsichord
Giuoco Piano: Var 21 on Harpsichord
Var 21 on Piano and Harpsichord
Classical Variation: Var 22 on Harpsichord
Var 22 on Piano and Harpsichord
Equal Positions: Var 23 on Harpsichord
Two Knights Defense: Var 24 on Harpsichord
Var 24 on Piano and Harpsichord
Modern Variation: Var 25 on Harpsichord
Var 25 on Piano and Harpsichord
Discovered Trap: Var 26 on Harpsichord
Var 26 on Piano and Harpsichord
End Game: Var 27 on Harpsichord
Var 27 on Piano and Harpsichord
Var 27 on Piano and Harpsichord (coda)
Mate in Two Moves: Var 28 on Harpsichord
Var 28 on Piano and Harpsichord (1st move)
Var 28 on Piano and Harpsichord (2nd move)
Queen to Kind Eight - Check: Var 29 on Harpsichord
Manhattan Variation: Var 30 on Harpsichord
Var 30 on Piano and Harpsichord
Check Mate: Aria da capo on Harpsichord
Aria da capo on Piano and Harpsichord

Marjana Lewis (Harpsichord); John Lewis (Piano improvisations)

Philips 832588

Apr 24, 1987

CD / TT: 49:24

 

K-5

J.S. Bach: Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Vol. 3

 

Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848 [3:02, 5:50]
Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 [5:33, 4:52]
Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 856 [5:04, 4:18]
Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 858 [6:57, 4:27]
Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860 [4:09, 5:15]
Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV 864 [5:38, 5:39]

John Lewis (Piano); Howard Collins (Guitar); Marc Johnson (Bass)

Philips / Verve 836821

Aug 22-26, 1988

CD / TT: 60:45

Recorded at The Church of The Ascension, New York, NY, USA.
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K-6

J.S. Bach: Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Vol. 4

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John Lewis (Piano)

Phillips (J) PHCE-3030

1989

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K-7

Preludes & Fugues V

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John Lewis (Piano)

Philips

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Recordings of Arrangements & Transcriptions

T-1

Collaboration - The Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida [T-4]
Collaboration / MJQ Plays Porgy & Bess [Gambit] [T-4]

 

Fugue in A minor, BWV 947 [3:46]

Modern Jazz Quartet

Laurindo Almeida (Guitar); John Lewis (Piano); Milt Jackson (Vibraharp); Perce Heath (Bass); Connie Kay (Drums)

Atlantic Records 1429
Collectables
Label M
Gambit (Spain)

Jul 21, 1964

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Recorded in New York, NY, USA.
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T-3

Place Vendôme

John Lewis: Sascha (Little David's Fugue) [4:18]
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air for G String [5:41]
John Lewis: Vendôme [3:32]
J.S. Bach: Musical Offering BWV 1079: Ricercare à 6 [6:34]
Henry Purcell: When I am laid in earth (from "Dido and Aeneas"), soprano aria (Dido's Lament), Z. 626/38b [5:05]
John Lewis: Alexander's Fugue [4:53]
John Lewis: Three Windows [7:10]
Arranged by John Lewis, Ward Swingle

John Lewis & Ward Swingle

The Swingle Singers (Vocal Ensemble) / Modern Jazz Quartet

Swingle Singers: Sopranos: Jeanette Baucomont, Christiane Legrand; Altos: Alice Herald, Claudine Meunier; Tenors: Claude Germain, Ward Swingle; Basses: Cussac, José Germain
MJQ: John Lewis (Piano); Milt Jackson (Vibraphone); Percy Heath (Bass); Connie Kay (Drums)

Philips 982626
Sammel 824545
Emarcy 9830556

Sep 27-Oct 30, 1966

CD / TT: 37:07

Recorded in Paris, France.
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T-2

The Modern Jazz Quartet: Blues on Bach

 
 

John Lewis: Regret?, based on the Chorale Prelude for organ The old year has now passed away [2:04]
John Lewis: Blues in B Flat [4:56]
John Lewis: Rise up in the Morning, based on the Chorale Sleepers awake [3:28]
John Lewis: Blues in A Minor [7:53]
John Lewis: Precious Joy, based on Chorale Jesu joy of man's desiring [3:12]
Milt Jackson: Blues in C Minor [7:58]
John Lewis: Don't Stop This Train, based on Fugue in D minor from the Clavierbüchlein [1:45]
Milt Jackson: Blues in H (B) [5:46]
John Lewis: Tears from the Children, based on Prelude No. 8 from WTC [4:25]

Modern Jazz Quartet

John Lewis (Piano, Harpsichord); Milt Jackson (Vibraphone); Percy Heath (Bass); Connie Kay (Drums)

Atlantic SD-1652

Nov. 26-27, 1973

CD / TT: 41:27

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, USA.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (August 2009 - March 2010)
Thanks to contributors: Bradley Lehman (August 2009), Ed Myskowski (March 2010)

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