Milt Buckner

Mighty High

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Understatement was always Milt Buckner's strong suit, and Mighty High plays beautifully to those strengths, pairing the organist with guitarist Kenny Burrell, bassist Joe Benjamin, alto saxophonist Jimmy Campbell, and drummer Maurice Sinclair to create a collection of short, simple, and sweet jazz tunes energized by the wonderful rapport of the assembled players. Unlike fellow Hammond B-3 maestros like Jimmy Smith, Buckner clearly savors the group dynamic, eschewing theatrics in favor of brief yet effective solos that never attract attention away from the groove. The music crackles with collaborative energy, drawing its strength from numbers.