Rockin' with Milt: Hammond à la Buckner (3 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks
  • Capitol LP T642
    Capitol LP T642
  • Capitol LP T722
    Capitol LP T722
  • Capitol LP T938
    Capitol LP T938
  • Capitol F 3424
    Capitol F 3424
  • Capitol F 3634
    Capitol F 3634

Milt Buckner

Rockin' with Milt: Hammond à la Buckner (3 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Milt Buckner (org, p), Earl Warren (as), Danny Turner (as, ts), Sam Taylor (ts), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker, Skeeter Best, Dick Garcia (g), Wendell Marshall, Milt Hinton (b), Sam Woodyard, Osie Johnson, Shadow Wilson (d)

Reference: FSRCD 511

Bar code: 8427328605113


Milton Milt Buckner (1915-1977), was an original and dynamic pianist, organist and arranger. He joined Lionel Hamptons orchestra in 1941 and became, not only one of its main attractions and arrangers, but also the first musician to use a piano technique called block chords / locked-hands. In 1952 he formed an excellent trio in which, besides using the piano, he also used a Hammond organ, and was one of the pioneers in the field of rhythm and blues. His powerful interpretations, always full of extraordinary swing, his fruitful imagination, and his tasty sense of humour, made him one of the greatest organists in jazz. These two CDs assemble, for the first time, all the tracks Milt Buckner recorded under his own name and released with Capitol between 1955 and 1957.

CD 1
01. Movin' With Mitch (Milt Buckner) 3:01
02. Lean Baby (Billy May) 6:03
03. Bernie's Tune (Miller-Leiber-Stoller) 2:52
04. Easy To Love (Cole Porter) 2:15
05. Rockin' With Milt (Milt Buckner) 2:55
06. Blues For Me (Danny Turner) 2:47
07. Robbin's Nest (Thompson-Jacquet-Robbins) 5:32
08. Slaughter On 125th Street (Milt Buckner) 2:03
09. Little Miss Maudlin (Milt Buckner) 2:21
10. Take The "A" Train (BIlly Strayhorn) 2:41
11. Hey Now, Zorina! (M.E. Gross) 2:16
12. Deep Purple (Parish-DeRose) 2:06
13. Count's Basement (Milt Buckner) 3:12
14. Wild Scene (Milt Buckner) 2:54
15. We'll Be Together Again (Fischer-Laine) 2:29
16. The Late Late Show (Murray Berlin) 3:38
17. The Beast (Dave Cavanaugh) 2:33

CD 2
01. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Count Basie) 2:32
02. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-Livingston-David) 2:25
03. Mighty Low (Milt Buckner) 2:54
04. One O'Clock Jump (Count Basie) 2:42
05. Jumpin' At The Zanzibar (Milt Buckner) 2:27
06. When You Wish Upon A Star (Harline-Washington) 2:35
07. Night Mist (Ahmad Jamal) 2:16
08. Good Time Express (M. Handler) 2:39
09. Dinner Date (Cavanaugh-Dexter) 2:22
10. Second Section (M. Handler) 2:12
11. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Petkere-Young) 3:05
12. Easy Come, Easy Go Lover (Upham-Cooper) 2:40
13. Turquoise (Stella Koki) 2:08
14. Our Engagement Day (Buckner-Buckner) 2:25
15. Let Me Love You (Bart Howard) 2:22
16. When Sunny Gets Blue (Fisher-Segal) 2:57
17. All Or Nothing At All (Lawrence-Altman) 2:35
18. You're My Girl (Cahn-Styne) 3:10
19. Someone Else's Love (Murray Berlin) 2:54
20. Irresistible You (Raye-DePaul) 2:10
21. Idle Gossip (Huddleson-Meyer) 2:40
22. You Are My Love (Syd Bass) 2:06

Album details

Sources CD1:
Tracks #1-10, from the 12-inch album "Rockin' With Milt" (Capitol T642)
Tracks #11, originally issued as 45rpm 7-inch Capitol F 3424
Tracks #12-17, from the 12-inch album "Rockin' Hammond" (Capitol T722)

Sources CD2:
Tracks #1-6, from the 12-inch album "Rockin' Hammond" (Capitol T722)
Tracks #7 & 8, originally issued as 45rpm 7-inch Capitol F 3578
Tracks #9 & 10, originally issued as 45rpm 7-inch Capitol F 3634
Tracks #11-22, from the 12-inch album "Send Me Softly" (Capitol T938)

Personnel on CD 1

Tracks #1,6-10: Milt Buckner (organ), Danny Turner (tenor sax), Dick Garcia (guitar), Wendell Marshall (bass), Sam Woodyard (drums).
Recorded in New York, April 17 [1] & April 24 [6-10], 1955

Tracks #2-5: Same personnel, but Turner (alto & tenor sax).
Recorded in New York, April 18, 1955

Tracks #11-17: Milt Buckner (organ, overdubbed piano), Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker (guitars), Milt Hinton (bass), Osie Johnson or Shadow Wilson (drums).
Recorded in New York, February 22 [11-13] & February 29 [15-17], 1956

Personnel on CD 1

Tracks #1-6: Same personnel as previous tracks.
Recorded in New York, March 12 [1-3] & March 15 [4-6], 1956

Tracks #7-10: Earl Warren (alto sax), Sam 'The Man' Taylor (tenor sax on #8 & 10), Milt Buckner (organ & piano), Skeeter Best (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded in New York, September 19, 1956

Tracks #11-22: Earl Warren (alto sax), Milt Buckner (organ). Probably Everett Barksdale (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded in New York, July 24 [11-16] & July 25 [17-22], 1957

This compilation by Tomás González
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

"Milt Buckner's Hammond organ sound is quite different than others who followed in his footsteps. His choppy two-hand chord approach, thorny and biting sound, and his regular usage of a bass player identified him as a raw industrialist, coming from the Midwest hearths of St. Louis and Detroit. Buckner has largely been ignored as a pioneer of the organ in the '50s, so this reissue of his recordings for the Capitol label -- Rockin' with Milt, Rockin' Hammond, and Send Me Softly, plus five tracks from 7" EPs -- should reinforce why he was an important purveyor of the primordial soul-jazz movement. Buckner came out of the swing era as a pianist and sometimes cocktail lounge performer who was able to straddle the line between popular sounds of the day and more riveting and substantive jazz.

The title Rockin' with Milt is apropos, as these tunes establish the rhythm & blues based beat that Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, and Chuck Berry turned into the seminal rock & roll that took over popular and dancehall music. The saxophonists who work with Buckner on these individual sessions are interesting picks, considering where their careers eventually landed. Danny Turner was a New York based alto and tenor saxophonist and a favorite of Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie, ex-Basie sax section stalwart Earle Warren's vibrato flavored alto was favorably compared to Earl Bostic, while tenor saxophone honker "Sam "The Man" Taylor" was well known in blues circles, also accompanying Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, and Ray Charles, but could swing with the best. Tracks from the Rockin' with Milt sessions feature bassist Wendell Marshall and Duke Ellington drummer Sam Woodyard, including four Buckner originals like the R&B based "Movin' with Mitch," the fleet "Slaughter on 125th Street," and the cute unison organ/sax tune "Little Miss Maudlin." Boppers like the speedy "Bernie's Tune" and the easygoing "Robbins Nest" are hardcore classics. Overdubbing piano and organ, Buckner uses only guitarists and bass/drums rhythm mates for the stomping "Hey Now, Zorina!," and originals like the keyboards calling back and forth to each other on "Count's Basement," the shuffling "Wild Scene" and well after midnight "Mighty Low." Warren enters with pronounced, bent, flatted notes on Ahmad Jamal's "Night Mist" and the lovely, romantic "Dinner Date." Sam "The Man" Taylor and plucky guitarist Skeeter Best drench champagne and chocolate respectively over the bluesy melodies of "Good Time Express" and the jive "Second Section." The sessions from the Send Me Softly LP are distinctly more cocktail or martini induced than ale or stout, with some light calypso, cha cha, nonchalant background music, and themes of regret or loneliness. "All or Nothing at All" is a mysterious and unique Latin treatment of this standard, while Warren's somber reading of "Lullaby of the Leaves" will leave you breathless. "Our Engagement Day" is a sentimental theme that nuptials should discover. Master bassist Milt Hinton is all over the second CD, and provides a good study in supportive rhythm and swing for those learning the idiom. Aside from the contrasts of tinkling piano as opposed to stabbing organ chords on "One O'Clock Jump," or the slow and slinky "Blue & Sentimental," Buckner is regular and predictable for those who know his work.

If you are unfamiliar with Buckner's style, surprises abound, especially considering how his Hammond sound would preclude the more legato Wurlitzer or Farfisa sonic palate that was too slow for jazz improvisation in the '60s. As there are too few Milt Buckner recordings in contemporary catalogs, this is as close to his essential period as is available."

—Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide)


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