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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646513125
  • Catalog Number: 65131

Album Credits

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
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Tony Martell Executive Producer
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