Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Milt Jackson - Bags & Flutes

Born on Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Jackson's musical beginnings were in the neighborhood gospel churches as a pianist, guitarist, violinist percussionist and singer. He took up the vibraphone in high school. He moved to New York, played with Earl Hines and in 1945, joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band rhythm section, which also included pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. He worked with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis and in 1951 recorded with Gillespie bandmates Lewis, Clarke and Brown. Inspired by that recording, they reformed as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 with Percy Heath replacing Ray Brown and Connie Kay taking the drum chair after the departure of Kenny Clarke in 1955. For the following 50 years the sound of Milton “Bags” Jackson's vibraphone would signature the Modern Jazz Quartet and inspire generations of followers. Jackson's impassioned improvisations and compositions, including “Bluesology” and “Bag's Groove,” helped define the MJQ sound. Jackson recorded many splendid dates as a leader, including, The Ballad Artistry Of Milt Jackson, Ballads And Blues and Big Band Bags, and worked with many jazz immortals, including John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. In '99 he fronted an exciting album date with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Explosive! (Qwest). He died in 1999.

Source :

Milt Jackson
Bags & Flutes


1 Bags' New Groove (Jackson)  5:56
2 Sandy (Jackson)  3:52
3 Midget Rod (Jackson)  5:42
4 I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over (Wrubel, Magidson)  3:42
5 Ghana (Byrd)  5:29
6 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias)  4:44
7 Connie's Blues (Jackson)  9:44


[# 1 & 7] Milt Jackson Sextet
Milt Jackson - vb
Bobby Jaspar - fl
Tommy Flanagan - p
Kenny Burrell - g
Percy Heath - b
Art Taylor - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 21, 1957
[# 3, 4 & 6] Milt Jackson Sextet
Milt Jackson - vb
Frank Wess - fl
Hank Jones - p
Kenny Burrell - g
Percy Heath - b
Art Taylor - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 10, 1957
[# 2 & 5] Milt Jackson Sextet
Same as above
Recorded in New York City ; June 17, 1957


Andy said...

Nice,thank you.

G Man said...

What a beautiful flute show! Thank you so much Mel!

FrankDell said...

Thanks, Mel.

rog said...

Thank You Mel !

jrmaxxbongo said...

Thank You Mel you have awesome and eloquent taste for jazz!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great Milt!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Renan Chor said...

what is the password? please!

SW said...

Thanks for the M Jackson Mel

deGallo said...

Thank you.

steve said...

Thanks for this listen Mel . . . Bags is awesome!

jes said...

thanks mel for this album :).
milt jackson a classic vibraphonist :).

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Chris said...

thanks mel somehow i misplaced this fine album

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you!

Axel.T. said...

Wonderful post. I had this album in vinyl so many years ago. Great to hear again.
THANK you so much. so much great jazz and music here.
Best to all of you that make this place so awesome.