Milt Jackson: Ballads & Blues 180g vinyl
He was free to choose his sidemen, and money was no object, which is why various formations gathered in the studio for the three recording sessions. With Lucky Thompson on the tenor sax (unfortunately for only three numbers), Barry Galbraith, Barney Kessel or Skeeter Best on the guitar, Oscar Pettiford or Percy Heath on the bass, together with Kenny Clarke or Lawrence Marable on the drums, he set off on a journey through the history of jazz.
John Lewis stayed unobtrusively in the background and offered ‘Bags’ (as Milt was known) plenty of opportunities to glory in soloistic freedom.
The themes were soon found: the musical composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as a work from The Duke Ellington Songbook, formed a basis upon which all the musicians could perform with confidence. Three compositions by Milt Jackson himself proved that he too was full of imagination.
If you don’t possess this LP – or maybe none by Milt Jackson – here is an opportunity to remedy this shortcoming.
The present author would award this recording 5 out of 5 possible stars!
Recording: January 1956 in New York City by Tom Dowd and February 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, by Rudy Van Gelder
Production: Nesuhi Ertegun
Review: “Speakers Corner has done an exemplary job in re-mastering Ballads & Blues to audiophile vinyl. Van Gelder’s pristine source engineering is maintained with integrity. Jackson’s diverse vibraphone tonality is captured with both clean precision and glowing warmth. The mono mix is blended without unnecessary density.” Robbie Gearson
Full Review: www.audaud.com/milt-jackson-ballads-blues-speakers…
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
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