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The phrase that can be used to describe a typical recording by vibraphonist Milt Jackson is "predictably excellent." There are no unexpected revelations revealed during this sextet set with flutist James Moody, Jimmy Heath (on soprano and tenor), pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Kenny Washington (although the soprano-flute blend works very well) but there are also no weak moments either. The group performs three standards and two originals apiece by Jackson, Heath and Walton and the music should please fans of those fine veterans.


Born: 01 January 1923 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Before Milt Jackson, there were only two major vibraphonists: Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Jackson soon surpassed both of them in significance and, despite the rise of other players (including Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton), still won the popularity polls throughout the decades. Jackson (or "Bags" as he was long called) was at the top of his field for 50 years, playing bop, blues, and ballads with equal skill and sensitivity. Milt Jackson started on guitar when he was seven, and piano at 11;...
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