Rifftides readers who responded enthusiastically to the video we posted on February 22 in connection with a piece about the Modern Jazz Quartet may be absolutely delirious when they seeand hearthis one. Again, the music is John Lewis’s “The Golden Striker.” The video is from the same 1982 MJQ tour that produced the version recorded in Holland. This time, they were at the Alexandra Palace in London. Now, there is more than the mere suggestion of a smile from Milt Jackson. Everybody is smiling. This is a remarkable performance by all hands, but Percy Health’s solo won the audience.
“The Golden Striker” is from John Lewis’s score for the film No Sun in Venice. His inspiration was these figures on the clock tower In the Piazza San Marco.