Thursday, November 7, 2013

Milt Jackson

Milton "Bags" Jackson (January 1, 1923 – October 9, 1999) was an American jazz vibraphonist, usually thought of as a bebop player, although he performed in several jazz idioms. He is especially remembered for his cool swinging solos as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet and his penchant for collaborating with several hard bop and post-bop players.
A very expressive player, Jackson differentiated himself from other vibraphonists in his attention to variations on harmonics and rhythm. He was particularly fond of the twelve-bar blues at slow tempos. He preferred to set the vibraphone's oscillator to a low 3.3 revolutions per second (as opposed to Lionel Hampton's speed of 10 revolutions per second) for a more subtle vibrato. On occasion, Jackson would also sing and play piano professionally.
1948-52: Wizard of the Vibes (Blue Note)
1949-56: Roll 'Em Bags (Savoy)
1949-56: Meet Milt Jackson (Savoy)
1955: Milt Jackson Quartet (Prestige)
1956: Opus de Jazz (Savoy)
1957: Ballads & Blues (Atlantic)
1956: The Jazz Skyline (Savoy)
1956: Jackson's-ville (Savoy)
1957: Plenty, Plenty Soul (Atlantic)
1957: Bags & Flutes (Atlantic)
1958: Soul Brothers - with Ray Charles (Atlantic)
1959: Bean Bags - with Coleman Hawkins (Atlantic)
1959: Bags' Opus (United Artists)
1960: Bags & Trane - with John Coltrane (Atlantic)
1960: The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson (Atlantic)
1961: Soul Meeting - with Ray Charles (Atlantic)
1961: Vibrations (Atlantic)
1961: Very Tall - with Oscar Peterson Trio (Verve)
1961: Statements (Impulse!)
1961: Bags Meets Wes! - with Wes Montgomery (Riverside)
1962: Big Bags (Riverside)
1962: Invitation (Riverside)
1962: For Someone I Love (Riverside)
1963: Milt Jackson Quintet Live at the Village Gate (Riverside)
1964: Much in Common with Ray Brown (Verve)
1964: Jazz 'n' Samba (Impulse!)
1964: In a New Setting (Limelight)
1965: Ray Brown / Milt Jackson with Ray Brown (Verve)
1965: Milt Jackson at the Museum of Modern Art (Limelight)
1966: Born Free (Limelight)
1968: Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet (Verve)
1969: That's the Way It Is featuring Ray Brown (Impulse!)
1969: Just the Way It Had to Be featuring Ray Brown (Impulse!)
1969: Memphis Jackson with the Ray Brown Big Band (Impulse!)
1971: "Reunion Blues with Oscar Peterson
1972: Sunflower (CTI)
1972: Cherry (with Milt Jackson) (CTI)
1973: Goodbye with Hubert Laws (CTI)
1974: Olinga (CTI)
1975: The Milt Jackson Big 4 (Pablo)
1975: The Big 3 with Joe Pass and Ray Brown (Pablo)
1976: Milt Jackson at the Kosei Nenkin (Pablo)
1976: Feelings (Pablo)
1977: Quadrant - with Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Mickey Roker
1977: Soul Fusion (Pablo)
1979: Milt Jackson (Quintessence Jazz Series) (Pickwick)
1979: Loose Walk (Palcoscenico Records)
1980: Night Mist (Pablo/OJC)
1981: Ain't But a Few of Us Left - with Oscar Peterson
1982: A London Bridge [live] (Pablo)
1982: Mostly Duke [live] (Pablo/OJC)
1982: Memories of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Pablo/OJC)
1983: Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company - with J. J. Johnson
1983: Two of the Few with Oscar Peterson
1983: Soul Route (Pablo)
1993: Reverence and Compassion (Warner Bros.)
1994: The Prophet Speaks (Qwest)
1995: Burnin' in the Woodhouse
1998: The Very Tall Band with Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown (live from Blue Note)
2002: At the Kosei Nenkin vol.2: Centerpiece (Pablo; mostly unissued tracks from the 1976 Japanese live session)
With the Modern Jazz Quartet
Further information: Modern Jazz Quartet
As sideman
With Cannonball Adderley
Things Are Getting Better (Riverside, 1958)
With Miles Davis
Bags' Groove (Prestige, 1954)
Quintet / Sextet (Prestige, 1955)
With Dizzy Gillespie
Dee Gee Days: The Savoy Sessions (Savoy, 1951-52 [1976])
The Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 (Pablo, 1975)
Dizzy Gillespie Jam (Pablo, 1977)
Musician, Composer, Raconteur (Pablo, 1981)
With Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley and His All Stars (Blue Note, 1957)
With Oscar Peterson
Reunion Blues (MPS, 1971)
The Oscar Peterson Big 6 At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 (Pablo, 1975)
With Don Sebesky
Giant Box (CTI, 1973)
With Stanley Turrentine
Cherry (CTI, 1972)

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