Milt Jackson & His Gold Medal Winners

Brother Jim

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Milt Jackson recorded a couple of dozen albums for Pablo from 1975-85; this CD reissue was the final one before the label drastically slowed down. The vibraphonist's quartet of the period (with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Mickey Roker) is augmented by Jimmy Heath and Harold Vick (who both double on soprano and tenor) and, on one song, guitarist Joe Pass. The stimulating instrumentation is sometimes a little unusual (the two sopranos even get to trade off), but the high point is actually Jackson's unaccompanied version of "Lullaby of the Leaves." Enjoyable, swinging straight-ahead jazz.

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