Thursday, 20 September 2012

1952 Milt Jackson - Wizard of the Vibes

Info: First off, I suppose I wouldn't be a massive fan of the rather large xylophone which is actually a vibraphone, but if it sounds like elevator music, it's very good elevator music! Favourite tracks for me are 'Lillie' and 'Willow Weep For Me' and the album is ranked #2 for 1952 on RYM. 

Milton "Bags" Jackson was born a few months before Bud Powell in Detroit, Michigan on January 1st, 1923, and he would also end up having very close ties to the famous Dizzy Gillespie, who discovered him in 1946. Milt is best known as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, an influential music group established in 1952 and for most of their long career composed of John Lewis (piano, musical director), Milt himself (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass), and Connie Kay (drums). His nickname "Bags" was given to him by a bassist in Detroit, in reference to the bags under his eyes as a result of him being fond of staying up all night. He died on 9th of October, 1999 and was buried in the Bronx, aged 76.

Track Listing:

A1 Tahiti                   
A2 Lillie                     
A3 Criss-Cross                        
A4 Willow Weep for Me                    
B1 What's New?                   
B2 Bags' Groove                   
B3 On the Scene                   
B4 Eronel

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