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Sunflower
     

Sunflower

by Milt Jackson
 

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Recorded over two days in December of 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood, New Jersey home studio, vibraphonist Milt Jackson's Sunflower is the first -- and best -- of his three albums for Creed Taylor's CTI imprint. (And one of the finest offerings on the label.) With a core band consisting of

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Recorded over two days in December of 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood, New Jersey home studio, vibraphonist Milt Jackson's Sunflower is the first -- and best -- of his three albums for Creed Taylor's CTI imprint. (And one of the finest offerings on the label.) With a core band consisting of Herbie Hancock (playing electric and acoustic piano), bassist Ron Carter, drummer Billy Cobham, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, drummer/percussionist Ralph McDonald, and guitarist Jay Berliner. A chamber orchestra exquisitely arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky adorns the session as well. Jackson's "For Someone I Love," opens the five-tune set, with Berliner playing solo flamenco guitar before the vibes, trumpet, and elements from the chamber orchestra delicately, impressionistically color the background. It gradually moves into a languid, bluesy ballad that slowly gains in both texture and dynamic until the strings trill tensely. Hubbard and Hancock engage them in solos that gently swing out the tune. The reading of Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life" is a gorgeous showcase for Jackson; his solo dominates the arrangement. Carter gets downright funky on his upright to introduce Thom Bell's "People Make the World Go Round," and Hancock follows him on Rhodes. Jackson takes the melody, striking a layered contrast as Hubbard slips around all three playing an extension of the melody with requisite taste, fluidity, and taut phrasing. Hancock gets funky to the bone in his brief solo, as the vibes soar around and through his phrases. The title track is a Hubbard composition that floats and hovers with a Latin backbeat before shifting tempos as the solos begin. The expanded harmonic palette of trumpet with the reeds, woodwinds, and strings on the melody add an exotic textural palette for his solo. Jackson's "SKJ" closes the set with an old-school, swinging hard bop blues with barely detectable embellishments by Sebesky. While Sunflower sometimes feels more like a group session rather than a Jackson-led one, that's part of its exquisite beauty. [In 2011, Sunflower saw reissue as part of Sony's 40th Anniversary series celebrating CTI. It was remastered from the original two-track analog tapes in order to best capture the sound of the LP.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972502526
catalogNumber:
725025

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Performance Credits

Milt Jackson   Primary Artist,Vibes
Phil Bodner   Flute,Alto Flute,English Horn,Piccolo
Ron Carter   Bass
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Nadien   Violin
Billy Cobham   Drums
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Max Ellen   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Libove   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,English Horn
Charles McCracken   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Romeo Penque   Alto Flute,English Horn,Oboe
George Ricci   Cello
Margaret Ross   Harp
Alan Shulman   Cello
Irving Spice   Violin
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Steve Futterman   Liner Notes
Tony Martell   Executive Producer

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