Milt Jackson

Burnin' in the Woodhouse

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Burnin' in the Woodhouse is one of Milt Jackson's final recordings as a leader prior to his death in 1999, and the vibraphonist is still very much at the top of his game on this mid-'90s session. With a stimulating young rhythm section (pianist Benny Green, bassist Christian McBride, and the seasoned, in-demand drummer Kenny Washington), plus a trio of up-and-coming horn players (trumpeter Nicholas Payton, alto saxophonist Jesse Davis, and tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman) added on some tracks, Jackson works his magic, mixing potent jazz compositions and standards. His leisurely, lyrical setting of "The Masquerade Is Over" and the breezy "They Can't Take That Away from Me" feature the vibist with the rhythm section alone, with Green joining the leader as a strong soloist. Jackson's sole composition on the date is the brisk blues "In the Woodhouse." The full band is heard on Jimmy Heath's snappy "Bop Ag'in," Cedar Walton's bluesy "A Bell for Bags," and Mike LeDonne's laid-back "Soulmates."

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