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The Early Years 1945-52
The Early Years 1945-52

Milt Jackson
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3205
Milt Jackson is best-known as the long-time vibraphone player with The Modern Jazz Quartet, one of the most important and longest-established ensembles in post-war jazz. However, in the seven years prior to that group’s first formal recordings under that name in 1952, Milt Jackson recorded with some of the most significant and influential names in the genre, developing the musical concepts, techniques and partnerships which helped from the basis of the MJQ’s highly distinctive approach to jazz. During the late ‘40s and first years of the ‘50s he recorded with groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Brown, Howard McGhee, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke, as well as making his first recordings leading his own different line-ups – his two sets of recordings with Monk’s Quartet and Quintet in 1948 and 1951 are especially notable. In those groups, he played with a host of bop era luminaries, including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Don Byas, J.J. Johnson, Art Blakey, Max Roach and many others, including his first session with future MJQ colleague John Lewis. This great-value 48-track 2-CD set selects studio recordings and ‘live’ performances from that hugely significant formative period, by the end of which the initial NJQ line-up had crystallised as the Milt Jackson Quartet. It’s a thoroughly entertaining and illuminating insight into how Jackson’s already finely-honed style interacted with an eclectic range of the genre’s finest talents.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Dizzy Atmosphere Dizzy Gillespie and His Rebop Six
2 Round Midnight Tempo Jazzmen 
3 52nd Street Theme Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra
4 A Night In Tunisia Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra
5 Boppin' The Blues Ray Brown's All Stars aka The Be Bop Boys 
6 Bean And The Boys Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra
7 You Go To My Head Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra
8 Cocktails For Two Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra
9 Coolie-rini Howard McGhee Sextet
10 Surrender Howard McGhee Sextet
11 Bobbin' With Robin Milt Jackson & His All Stars
12 Baggy Eyes Milt Jackson & His All Stars
13 Slits Milt Jackson & His All Stars
14 Red Shoes Lord Nelson & His Boppers
15 Star Dust Lord Nelson & His Boppers
16 Evidence Thelonious Monk Quartet
17 Misterioso Thelonious Monk Quartet
18 Epistrophy Thelonious Monk Quartet
19 I Mean You Thelonious Monk Quartet
20 The Skunk Howard McGhee/Fats Navarro Boptet 
21 Bruz Kenny Clarke And His Clique
22 You Go To My Head Kenny Clarke And His Clique
23 Hearing Bells Milt Jackson And His New Sound Group
24 Junior Milt Jackson And His New Sound Group
25 Bubu Milt Jackson And His New Sound Group
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Bluesology Milt Jackson And His New Sound Group
2 Tin Tin Deo Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 
3 The Champ Pt. 1 Dizzy Gillespie Octet 
4 Willow Weep For Me Thelonious Monk Quintet
5 Criss Cross Thelonious Monk Quintet
6 Straight No Chaser Thelonious Monk Quintet
7 Milt Meets Sid Milt Jackson Quartet
8 D & E Milt Jackson Quartet
9 Yesterdays Milt Jackson Quartet
10 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Milt Jackson Quartet
11 Autumn breeze Milt Jackson Quartet
12 Moving Nicely Milt Jackson Quartet
13 Round Midnight Milt Jackson Quartet
14 Bluesology Milt Jackson Quartet
15 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Milt Jackson Quartet
16 Love Me Pretty Baby Milt Jackson Quartet
17 Heart And Soul Milt Jackson Quartet
18 True Blues Milt Jackson Quartet
19 Lillie Milt Jackson Quintet
20 Tahiti Milt Jackson Quintet
21 What's New Milt Jackson Quintet
22 Bag's Groove Milt Jackson Quintet
23 How High The Moon Charlie Parker With The Milt Jackson Quartet
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