Modern Jazz Quartet – Lonely Woman 1962 Japan test pressing with obi


An ultra-rare Japanese test pressing of the 1962 LP Lonely Woman by the Modern Jazz Quartet, complete with obi

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese stereo test pressing of the 1962 LP Lonely Woman by the Modern Jazz Quartet, complete with the ultra-rare obi.

About this copy: This copy of Lonely Woman is an original 1962 Japanese stereo test pressing, complete with the ultra-rare obi, which is nearly always missing.  The cover is M-, though it does have a faint stain in the lower left hand corner of the back cover and a couple of faint creases.

The obi is M-.  This LP was issued without an insert.

The disc is VG++, with a couple of faint marks that don’t affect play.

A beautiful copy of a terrific (and very rare) record.

Background:  Lonely Woman was the 12th album the MJQ recorded for Atlantic, and according to, Lonely Woman is one of their best:

Having sponsored Ornette Coleman at the School of Jazz near Lennox, MA, pianist and composer John Lewis helped launch the controversial career of one of the last great innovators in jazz. Lewis’ support of the ragtag Texas native was somewhat unique in jazz circles at the time and even surprising, especially considering the gulf between the classical jazz formality of his group the Modern Jazz Quartet and Coleman’s radical notions of free improvisation. Nevertheless, Lewis not only saw in Coleman the first jazz genius since bebop’s Parker, Gillespie, and Monk, but put pay to the praise with the MJQ’s 1962 rendition of one of Coleman’s most famous numbers, “Lonely Woman.” (Along with Art Pepper’s 1960 version of “Tears Inside,” this was one of the earliest of Coleman covers done.) The 1962 Atlantic album of the same name turns out to be one of the band’s best efforts. A great disc that’s perfect for the curious jazz lover.

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in