Quintet & Sextet, with Lucky Thompson (2 CDs)
  • Savoy MG12061 Savoy MG12061
  • Savoy MG12042 Savoy MG12042
  • Savoy MG12070 Savoy MG12070
  • Savoy MG12080 Savoy MG12080
  • Atlantic LP1269 Atlantic LP1269
  • Lucky Thompson Lucky Thompson
  • Milt Jackson Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson

Quintet & Sextet, with Lucky Thompson (2 CDs)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Joe Newman (tp), Lucky Thompson (ts), Milt Jackson (vib), Hank Jones, John Lewis, Horace Silver (p), Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Kenny Clarke, Connie Kay (d)

Reference: FSRCD 730_2

Because of his ideas, time and arresting way of playing, Milt Jackson, nicknamed Bags, is considered by many the greatest of jazz vibraphonists. It can be historically verified that Jacksons nickname stems from his life in Detroit in the early 40s. Celebrating his completion of military service, Milt had little inclination to sleep. After a week or so, he had those bags under his eyes. The bags eventually disappeared, but the name stuck.

Leading these quintet sessions he had much more opportunity to show his gifts than the context of John Lewiss MJQ allowed. With him also on all but two tunes, is the superb, Hawkins-rich but always individualized tenor of Lucky Thompson, whose subtle swing and sophisticated solos build logically into satisfying solos delivered with warmth, emotion and an expressively malleable tone. The Savoy house rhythm sectionHank Jones, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke, one of the best integrated teams in the history of recorded jazz-is on most of these performances.

On the first date Wade Legge is on piano instead of Jones, and the session retains a relaxed, swinging mood, with all involved in excellent form. As a bonus the sextet sides Milt did for Atlanticalso with Luckyare included. On them Bags shows not only his great ability to suffuse his sensitive ballad playing with jazz feeling, but also that he was a masterly blues player. And the album as a whole confirms his status as a jazz icon, one of the greats not only on his instrument, but also in the overall jazz pantheon.


Tracklisting:

CD 1

01. Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen-Mercer) 5:39
02. They Cant Take That Away from Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 6:36
03. Wild Man (Kenny Clarke) 5:40
04. Soulful (Milt Jackson) 7:28
05. Freds Mood (Milt Jackson) 6:26
06. Flamingo (Grouya-Anderson) 3:38
07. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 7:47
08. Cant Help Lovin Dat Man (Hammerstein II-Kern) 4:37
09. The Lady Is a Tramp (R.Rodgers-L.Hart) 7:19
10. Angel Face (Hank Jones) 6:38
11. Sometimes Im Happy (Youmans-Caesar) 7:15
12. Whats New? (Haggart-Burke) 3:52

CD 2

01. Nows the Time (Charlie Parker) 8:17
02. Medley (Ellington) 6:44
In a Sentimental Mood / Mood Indigo / Azure
03. Minor Conception (Milt Jackson) 8:37
04. Soul in 3/4 (Milt Jackson) 6:41
05. Hello (Milt Jackson) 3:44
06. Bright Blues (Milt Jackson) 6:12
07. How High the Moon (Lewis-Hamilton) 6:10
08. Ignunt Oil (Milt Jackson) 5:33
09. Blues at Twilight (Quincy Jones) 6:47
10. Sermonette (Julian Adderley) 5:24
11. The Spirit Feel (Milt Jackson) 4:22



Sources CD 1:

Tracks #2,4,6 from the album
Meet Milt Jackson (Savoy MG12061)

Tracks #1,3,5 from the album
Roll Em Bags (Savoy MG12042)

Tracks #7-12 from the album
The Jazz Skyline (Savoy MG12070)


Sources CD 2:

Tracks #1-4 from the album
Jacksons Ville (Savoy MG12080)

Tracks #5-7 from the album
Ballads & Blues (Atlantic LP1242)

Tracks #8-11 from the album
Plenty, Plenty, Soul (Atlantic LP1269)



Personnel on CD 1

Tracks #1-6: Lucky Thompson, tenor sax except #8, Milt Jackson, vibes except #12, Wade Legge, piano; Wendell Marshall, bass, Kenny Clarke, drums

Recorded in Hackensack, N.J., on January 5, 1956


Tracks #7-12: Same personnel as above but Hank Jones, piano replaces Legge

Recorded at Hackensack, N.J., on January 23, 1956



Personnel on CD 2

Tracks #1-4: Lucky Thompson, tenor sax; Milt Jackson, vibes, Hank Jones, piano; Wendell Marshall, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums

Recorded in Hackensack, N.J., on January 23, 1956


Tracks #5-7: Lucky Thompson, tenor sax; Milt Jackson, vibes; John Lewis, piano, Skeeter Best, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums

Recorded in New York City, on January 17, 1956


Tracks #8-11: Joe Newman, trumpet, Lucky Thompson, tenor sax; Milt Jackson, vibes; Horace Silver, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Connie Kay, drums. Quincy Jones, arranger

Recorded in New York City, on January 5, 1957




Original recordings produced by Ozzie Cadena (Savoy), and Nesuhi Ertegun (Atlantic)

Recording engineers: Rudy Van Gelder (Savoy),
Tom Dowd and Johnny Cue (Atlantic).

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol


Mono / Stereo ยท 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

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Review:

"Without doubt, in the legendary category are the 1956 and 1957 quintet and sextet sessions led by vibraphonist Milt Jackson and featuring the tenor saxophone of Lucky Thompson. These sessions, Milt Jackson Quintet and Sextet with Lucky Thompson (2012), originally on the Savoy label, represent quintessential, relatively early Bags, soulfully swinging as always, and apart from what some believed were the "confines" of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This two-CD set, which includes bonus tracks from a 1956 and 1957 Atlantic Records date, stand as Jackson's first sessions as a leader, though he had been recording as early as the mid-1940s. The vibraphonist's playing is fully formed here, as is Thompson's modern version of Don Byas. Many of the sidemen on these titles, which include drummer Kenny Clarke, bassist Oscar Pettiford, pianistsHank Jones, Horace Silver, and the MJQ's John Lewis; qualify for legendary status as well. These sidesall of themare landmarks in the history of recorded jazz."

Bruce Klauber -All About Jazz (Jan. 8, 2013)

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