Jack Millman

Blowing Up a Storm

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Jack Millman, a now obscure fl├╝gelhornist from the 1950s, was an effective West Coast jazz player. This CD reissues all of the music from a quartet album that he recorded in 1957 with pianist Don Friedman, bassist Don Peterson, and drummer Ray Tiedel, plus six of the dozen songs from a 1956 project that features Millman in several different combos. Although Millman was not a virtuoso, he holds one's interest throughout the quartet numbers, while such notables as Gerald Wiggins, Bill Holman, Pete Rugolo, Frank Erickson, and Gene Roland contribute the arrangements to the larger combo numbers, which include tenor man Lin Halliday, flutist Buddy Collette, and Jack Costanza on congas among the players.

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