Sunflower (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition)
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||For Someone I Love||Milt Jackson||10:01||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?||Milt Jackson||6:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||People Make the World Go Round||Milt Jackson||8:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sunflower||Milt Jackson||8:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||SKJ||Milt Jackson||6:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Vibraphone master Milt Jackson flitted freely through subgenres over the course of his career, emerging in the bop era and gaining fame with post-bop pioneers The Modern Jazz Quartet. He'd recently come off a funky soul-jazz stint with the Ray Brown Big Band when he made the first of his string of albums for CTI. Sunflower marked another stylistic shift for Jackson, dovetailing with producer/label head Creed Taylor's vision of gracing contemporary jazz with elegant orchestrations. These tunes are framed with artful string and woodwind arrangements courtesy of Don Sebesky, but it's the interaction of the all-star core group that really makes Sunflower shine. Bass icon Ron Carter and premier fusion drummer Billy Cobham stir up a simmering funk on a smoky version of The Stylistics' R&B hit "People Make the World Go 'Round," while Herbie Hancock's piano and Freddie Hubbard's trumpet play tag with Jackson's vibes on the title track. And when Jackson's gentle tones cast a mellow glow on "For Someone I Love," it's clear why he's considered a poet of the vibes, no matter what style he's exploring.
Oh my goodness...
This is one of the extraordinary classics you might have missed, or forgot about. The Sunflower rendition is absolutely beautiful (Who was that song? That's a Freddie Hubbard song). The Stylistics cover will get inside of your head. The Swing fuse of SKJ will haunt you when you sleep. Old school, well worth it.
One of the best
If I can't sleep at night, this is what I get up and listen to. Freddie Hubbard is his usual self...great! But Milit jackson is sublime!! A true gift to the senses.
Don Sebesky deserves a real kudo for his excellent string arrangements, as well as the big band inthis set. Especially the work done on "Little Sunflower." Having Hubbard, himself, on board was not shabby either.
SKJ is the one tight small group work that sets up some brilliant solos and makes for a slight hange in the setting from the balance of the album. SKJ swings and Cobham is "driving the bus!"
"For Someone I Love" is just gorgeous in its beautiful use of Hubbard's emotional horn playing, and Jackson's smooth sustained percussion.
Born: January 1, 1923 in Detroit, MI
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
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||How Long Blues||Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting||9:18||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||People Make the World Go Round||Sunflower (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition)||8:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Genius After Hours||Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting||5:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sunflower||Sunflower (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition)||8:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Goodbye (with Hubert Laws)||Goodbye (with Hubert Laws)||9:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blue Bossa||The Big 3||5:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Genius After Hours||The Genius After Hours||5:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Bags of Blues||Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting||8:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||X-Ray Blues||Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting||8:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hallelujah I Love Her So||Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting||5:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Enchanted Lady||Pure Fire! a Gilles Peterson Impulse Collection||5:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|