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Milt Jackson: Bio

Born on Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Milt Jackson's musical beginnings were in the neighborhood gospel churches as a pianist, guitarist, violinist percussionist and singer. He took up the vibraphone in high school. He moved to New York, played with Earl Hines and in 1945, joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band rhythm section, which also included pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. He worked with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis and in 1951 recorded with Gillespie bandmates Lewis, Clarke and Brown. Inspired by that recording, they reformed as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 with Percy Heath replacing Ray Brown and Connie Kay taking the drum chair after the departure of Kenny Clarke in 1955. For the following 50 years the sound of Milton "Bags" Jackson's vibraphone would signature the Modern Jazz Quartet and inspire generations of followers. Jackson's impassioned improvisations and compositions, including "Bluesology" and "Bag's Groove," helped define the MJQ sound. Jackson recorded many splendid dates as a leader, including, The Ballad Artistry Of Milt Jackson, Ballads And Blues and Big Band Bags, and worked with many jazz immortals, including John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. In '99 he fronted an exciting album date with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Explosive! (Qwest).
He died in 1999.

1 For Someone I Love (What's Your Story)  
2 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?  
3 People Make the World Go Round  
4 Sunflower  
5 SKJ  
Milt Jackson: Round Midnight
Milt Jackson feat. Bobby Hutcherson
Bags Meets Wes - Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery
Milt Jackson - Bag's Groove

The CTI 40th Anniversary Edition of the 1972 album by master vibraphonist of The Modern Jazz Quartet Milt Jackson is called: 'Sunflower.' Musicians include: Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham. This recording does not disappoint. With a stellar cast of musicians & Don Sebesky arrangements in a word, the recording is impeccable. You will be captivated, as this is music for the soul. Jay Berliner's guitar gently opens the door to your heart on the first song, "For Someone I Love." Freddie Hubbard and Milt Jackson take it from there, as you are taken by the hand and gently led into the remaining venue. Milt Jackson's vibes on "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" will make you weep, and the entire album blossoms, like a sunflower. This CTI Masterworks version is not only re-mastered, it is also remixed and re-edited.

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