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This set combines two of vibraphonist Milt Jackson's early-'60s LPs for Impulse! Records, 1962’s Statements, which finds Jackson in fine form playing with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, and 1964’s odd Jazz ‘n’ Samba, which features Jackson on one side playing with pianist Tommy Flanagan, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, bassist Richard Davis, and Kay again on drums, while the second side finds Jackson minus pianist Flanagan but adds two guitarists, Barry Galbraith and Howard Collins, and vocalists Lilian Clark and Joe E. Ross. The combination of the two LPs here isn’t exactly seamless, but Jackson is in fine form throughout, which hardly comes as a surprise.


Born: January 1, 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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