To Bags With Love: A Tribute to Milt Jackson
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- Released: January 11, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Pablo
- 1.Mister Basie
- 2.Ralph's New Blues
- 3.Blues For Edith
- 4.Recado Bossa Nova
- 6.If You Could See Me Now
- 7.Bag's Groove - (take 1)
- 8.Easy Money
- 9.Things Are Getting Better
- 11.Corner Pocket
Personnel includes: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Benny Carter, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Budd Johnson, Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (saxophone, flute, alto flute); James Moody (saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Miles Davis (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Hubert Laws (flute); Oscar Peterson, John Lewis, Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly, Hank Jones, Thelonious Monk, Monty Alexander (piano); Dennis Budimir, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass (guitar); Percy Heath, Ray Brown, Sam Jones, Ron Carter, John Clayton (bass); Philly Joe Jones, Connie Kay, Jimmie Smith, Eddie Locke, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Count Basie.
Producers: Norman Granz, Bob Weinstock, Orrin Keepnews.
Compilation producer: Eric Miller.
Recorded between 1954 and 1983. Includes liner notes by Richard S. Ginell.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Dennis Budimir, Freddie Green, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery (guitar); Jimmie Smith (harp, strings, drums); James Moody , Jerome Richardson, George Dorsey (flute, saxophone); Hubert Laws, Norris Turney (flute); Kenny Hing, Danny Turner , Eric Dixon , Bobby Plater, Charlie Fowlkes (saxophone); Benny Carter , Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Jimmy Heath, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Tate Houston (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Lin Biviano, Waymon Reed, Dave Burns, Doc Severinsen, Miles Davis, Pete Minger, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Willie Ruff (French horn); Mel Wanzo, Dennis Wilson , Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston, Bill Hughes (trombone); John Lewis, Count Basie, Hank Jones , Monty Alexander, Norman Simmons, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly (piano); Connie Kay, Eddie Locke, Jake Hanna, Jeff Hamilton , Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Butch Miles (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Group IV Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1954-1983); Plaza Sound Studios, New York, NY (1954-1983); RCA Recordings Studios, Hollywood, CA (1954-1983); RCA Studios, New York, NY (1954-1983); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (1954-1983).
Arrangers: Jimmy Jones ; Tadd Dameron.
Jazz lost more than its share of greats in 1999 -- everyone from Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Grover Washington, Jr., Lester Bowie, and Charles Earland to Joe Williams, Art Farmer, Red Norvo, and Horace Tapscott. Another major loss came on October 9, 1999, when Milt "Bags" Jackson died of cancer at the age of 76. Jackson was among the finest jazz vibists of the 20th century. He was right up there with Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo, and if you're talking about bop specifically, instead of jazz on the whole, you could argue that he was the most important vibist to come along after WWII. In January 2000, Pablo/Fantasy honored his memory by putting out this collection of recordings he made for Prestige, Pablo, and Riverside -- some as a leader, some as a sideman. Spanning 1954-1983, To Bags With Love shows us just how consistent a player he was over the years. The vibist is heard in a variety of bop settings, which range from a 1955 recording with the Modern Jazz Quartet ("Ralph's New Blues") to encounters with Cannonball Adderley in 1958 ("Things Are Getting Better"), Wes Montgomery in 1961 ("S.K.J."), Benny Carter in 1976 ("Easy Money"), and Count Basie in 1978 ("Corner Pocket"). The oldest recording is "Bags' Groove" (which comes from a 1954 Miles Davis session that boasts Thelonious Monk on piano), and the most recent is Jackson and Oscar Peterson's piano/vibes duet on 1983's "Mister Basie." To Bags With Love is hardly the last word on Jackson, but it paints an impressive picture of his contributions and is among the CDs to acquire if you're exploring his music for the first time. ~ Alex Henderson
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