- The album "Ballads & Blues" was originally released in 1956 as Atlantic 1242.
"Bags & Flutes" was originally released in 1958 as Atlantic 1294.
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Atlantic 1242 (1956)
- Original Album #2: Atlantic 1294 (1958)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Another two essential albums for any jazz collector. On "Ballads & Blues," Milt Jackson is backed by players including John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, and Percy Heath. Highlights of both albums include Cole Porter's "So In Love," Irving Berlin's "The Song Is Ended" and Jackson's own "Bags' New Groove."
- 1.So In Love
- 2.These Foolish Things
- 4.The Song Ended
- 5.They Didn't Believe Me
- 6.How High The Moon
- 7.Gerry's Blues
- 8.Bright Blues
- 9.Bags' New Groove
- 11.Midget Rod
- 12.I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over
- 14.Sweet And Lovely
- 15.Connie's Blues
2 LP's on 1 CD: BALLADS AND BLUES (1956)/BAGS AND FLUTES (1958).
Includes liner notes by John S. Wilson and Don Gold.
BALLADS AND BLUES:
Personnel includes: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); John Lewis (piano); Skeeter Best, Barney Kessel, Berry Gailbraith (guitar); Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath (bass); Kenny Clarke, Lawrence Marable (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1242).
BAGS AND FLUTES:
Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Frank Wess, Bobby Jaspar (flute); Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Percy Heath (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1294).
Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Benny Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Skeeter Best (guitar); Frank Wess, Bobby Jaspar (flute); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); John Lewis, Hank Jones , Tommy Flanagan (piano); Kenny Clarke, Larance Marable, Art Taylor (drums).
Liner Note Authors: John S. Wilson ; Don Gold.
Recording information: 01/17/1956-06/17/1957.
Arranger: Ralph Burns.
The unassuming title of this compilation understates the fact that Milt Jackson is a master of ballad and blues forms, and an inspired collaborator when working flautists. True to form, the ever-consistent Jackson delivers the goods on this reissue of two of the vibraphonist's Atlantic releases -- one from 1956, the other from 1958. The small group settings for these performances allow the players -- some of the very best in jazz and all in top form -- to be heard to full advantage. The guitarists are particularly effective, the crisp, cool tones of Skeeter Best, Barry Galbraith, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell complementing the rich, ringing cascade from Jackson's vibes. Of note from 1956's Ballads and Blues are two performances with tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson. These will be appreciated by anyone who has enjoyed Jackson's work with Thompson on the Savoy label. The 1956 date also has three Ralph Burns arrangements that augment the players with a woodwind quintet. While neither overly lush or cloying, the oboes, etc., still don't add a lot to what the core group has to say. For the 1958 session, Jackson is partnered alternately with Frank Wess and Bobby Jaspar -- two of the leading pioneers that helped bring the flute into the mainstream of jazz. For these six performances, the rhythm section blends and balances superbly, creating supple, meaty, hard bopping grooves for Jackson's limitless capacity for invention and for the stellar, swinging performances of Jaspar and Wess. ~ Jim Todd