Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson/Vibrations

Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson/Vibrations

by Milt Jackson


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Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson/Vibrations

Vibraphonist Milt Jackson's enormous capacity for invention percolates throughout the sumptuous settings on the "with strings" date, The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson. Jackson and the large string section, masterfully arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones, mesh beautifully. Equally critical, the rhythm section is superbly integrated in the arrangements, underpinning the billows of violins and cellos with a distinct jazz pulse. Above all, Jackson is himself, bringing his consistently flawless phrasing and subtle, but ever-present, blues feeling to his role as featured solist. Bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Connie Kay, guitarist Barry Galbraith, and pianist Jimmy Jones make up the rhythm section for this 1960 session. The other half of this compilation, 1964's Vibrations, is another fine set. This time Jackson is joined by four horns and another strong rhythm section. Tenor player Jimmy Heath, sounding satisfyingly like John Coltrane circa the start of his Atlantic period, is featured prominently. The interaction of Jackson and Heath with pianist Tommy Flanagan, drummer Connie Kay, and bassist Alvin Jackson provide the main interest. The set is nicely rounded out by two tracks with guitarist Kenny Burrell, and a small, vocal ensemble that sings wordless arrangements on the cooly swinging title tack and the hard bopping "Let Me Hear the Blues," both by Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/1999
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431625828
catalogNumber: 6258
Rank: 149875

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Milt Jackson   Primary Artist,Vibes
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Brown   Viola
Connie Kay   Drums,Vocals
George Duvivier   Bass
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Maurice Brown   Cello
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Max Cahn   Violin
Harold Coletta   Viola
Alex Cores   Violin
Bill Crow   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Paul Gershman   Violin
Don Hammond   Alto Flute
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Milt Hinton   Bass
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Alvin Jackson   Bass
Leo Kahn   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Dave Mankovitz   Viola
Charles McCracken   Cello
George Ockner   Violin
Gene Orloff   Violin
Romeo Penque   Reeds
Leonard Posner   Violin
George Ricci   Cello
Harvey Shapiro   Cello
Sol Shapiro   Violin

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Bill Coss   Liner Notes

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