Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Milt Jackson

The unassuming title of this compilation understates the fact that Milt Jackson is a master of ballad and blues forms, and an inspired collaborator when working flautists. True to form, the ever-consistent Jackson delivers the goods on this reissue of two of the vibraphonist's Atlantic releases -- one from 1956, the other from 1958. The small group settings for these performances allow the players -- some of the very best in jazz and all in top form -- to be heard to full advantage. The guitarists are particularly effective, the crisp, cool tones of Skeeter Best, Barry Galbraith, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell complementing the rich, ringing cascade from Jackson's vibes. Of note from 1956's Ballads and Blues are two performances with tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson. These will be appreciated by anyone who has enjoyed Jackson's work with Thompson on the Savoy label. The 1956 date also has three Ralph Burns arrangements that augment the players with a woodwind quintet. While neither overly lush or cloying, the oboes, etc., still don't add a lot to what the core group has to say. For the 1958 session, Jackson is partnered alternately with Frank Wess and Bobby Jaspar -- two of the leading pioneers that helped bring the flute into the mainstream of jazz. For these six performances, the rhythm section blends and balances superbly, creating supple, meaty, hard bopping grooves for Jackson's limitless capacity for invention and for the stellar, swinging performances of Jaspar and Wess.
Jim Todd
Source : http://www.oldies.com/product-view/62572.html

Milt Jackson
Ballads & Blues/Bags & Flutes


1 So In Love (Porter) 3:14
2 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Marvell) 4:25
3 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Langer) 4:43
4 The Song is Ended (Berlin) 4:40
5 They Didn't Believe Me (Kern, Reynolds, Rourke) 3:45
6 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 6:13
7 Gerry's Blues (Jackson) 5:02
8 Bright Blues (Jackson) 6:13
9 Bag's New Groove (Jackson) 5:56
10 Sandy (Jackson) 3:52
11 Midget Rod (Jackson) 5:42
12 I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over () 3:42
13 Ghana (Byrd) 5:29
14 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias) 4:44
15 Connie's Blues (Jackson) 9:44

Milt Jackson - vb
Lucky Thompson - ts
John Lewis - p
Skeeter Best, Barney Kessel, Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke, Lawrence Marable - dr
Originally released on Atlantic (1242).
Milt Jackson - vb
Frank Wess, Bobby Jaspar - fl
Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan - p
Kenny Burrell - g
Percy Heath - b
Art Taylor - dr
Originally released on Atlantic (1294).


Melanchthon said...


Orbyt said...

Thanks Mel, I've never heard "Ballads And Blues".

srimira2000 said...

Ballads & Blues???? Heavens to Betsy it's been decades.

Thanks, Mel, for restoring this forgotten old friend to my happy ears.

Terry said...

Rapidshare claims that Ballads & Blues is not available.

ford mustang said...

@ terry:
enqueue the file if you are not already download from rapidshare.
newly rapidshare means: file isn't available, if you are already download from rapidshare, for example with a download tool

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mel

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for these new gems.

Philo said...

Milt Jackson - Ballads & Blues/Bags & Flutes

Wonderful stuff.

I have this album in my collection.

I'm a big fan of these 2-fer reissues.

Kovina Kris said...

Wonderful post Mel. Thank you so very much!

Heervee said...

M Jackson,
Thank you Mel for these gems.

Lexman said...

wow!!and thanks

grumpy said...

Ballads and Blues is new to me. Thank you.

Terry said...

Finally I was able to download it & it was worth the wait. No thanks to Rapidshare though- they have slowed their free service to such an extent that it took over 3 hours to come through.
Thanks Mel.

Danneau said...

Ballads and Blues
Superbe morceau, digne de gros remerciements. En fait, il me paraît que tout le blog est superbe.

voilà, merci.

rm said...

merci beaucoup