Whenever Milt Jackson could free himself from the 'bondage' of the Modern Jazz Quartet and its assertive leader John Lewis, he dedicated himself to his two great passions: ballads and the blues. That was precisely the case when he entered the famous Rudy van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA in 1956. He was free to choose his sidemen, and money was no object, which is why various formations gathered in the studio for the three recording sessions. With Lucky Thompson on the tenor sax (unfortunately for only three numbers), Barry Galbraith, Barney Kessel or Skeeter Best on the guitar, Oscar Pettiford or Percy Heath on the bass, together with Kenny Clarke or Lawrence Marable on the drums, he set off on a journey through the history of jazz. John Lewis stayed unobtrusively in the background and offered 'Bags' (as Milt was known) plenty of opportunities to glory in soloistic freedom.
The themes were soon found: the musical composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as a work from The Duke Ellington Songbook, formed a basis upon which all the musicians could perform with confidence. Three compositions by Milt Jackson himself proved that he too was full of imagination.
If you dont possess this LP or maybe none by Milt Jackson here is an opportunity to remedy this shortcoming.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
• 180g High Quality Vinyl
• Pure Analogue
• Made from the original, analogue mastertapes
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Faithful reproduction of original artwork and label
Milt Jackson, vibraphone
Lucky Thompson, tenor saxophone (B1,B3,B4)
John Lewis, piano (A1,A3-B1, B3, B4)
Barney Kessel, guitar (A2,A4, B2)
Barry Galbraith, guitar (A1, A3, A5)
Skeeter Best, guitar (B1,B3,B4)
Oscar Pettiford, bass (A1,A3 to B1, B3, B4)
Percy Heath, bass (A2, A4, B2)
Kenny Clarke, drums (A1, A3-B1, B3, B4)
Lawrence Marable, drums (A2, A4, B2)
1. So In Love
2. These Foolish Things
4. The Song Is Ended
5. They Didn't Believe Me
1. How High The Moon
2. Gerry Blues
4. Bright Blues