Milt Jackson

Born Free

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This obscure mid-'60s record by Milt Jackson has few surprises, though many jazz fans would be suspicious that the theme from the movie Born Free would turn into a viable jazz vehicle. Jackson's funky treatment of this normally laid-back piece works very well. Jimmy Heath, who plays great tenor sax on several tracks, contributed the funky original "Bring It Home (To Me)" as well as "A Time and a Place," which became one of his better-known compositions. Less successful is his chart of Jackson's somewhat monotonous "Whalepool." Pianist Cedar Walton, a favorite collaborator of the vibraphonist, is the centerpiece of their rendition of Miles Davis' landmark modal tune "So What." Long out of print, this Limelight LP has been reissued in Japan, but this recommended album will be expensive to acquire in either version.

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