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Sunflower Limited Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 1997)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AGX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's a few CTI releases that I've loved over the years (Red Clay, Straight Life, Sugar) and Sunflower. I bought the LP when it first came out I still love this recording despite some of the overly sweet orchestral arrangements.

The other reviews have commented on the music, I'm just going to focus on the quality of the 40th Anniversary remaster compared to the CTI Legacy version issued in 1997 for the benefit of those who may be considering replacing their current cd with the new Anniversary edition. The CTI Masterworks version is not only remastered, it is also remixed and re-edited which has not been made clear in the marketing or packaging. Here are a couple of examples.

The guitar intro on the 1997 Legacy version of For Someone in Love continues once the band enters. On the new Masterworks version the guitar drops out as soon as the band enters.

The Legacy version of Sunflower is 11:04 long (not 10:01 as indicated in the liner notes) versus an 8:51 long version on the Masterworks release. The main difference is that the Legacy version has a long coda with plenty of good playing.

I don't have the original album any more so I don't know which mix/edit is consistent with the original album. I can say that overall the new Masterworks version is more muffled than the Legacy and has less detail in the percussion and leading edge of notes, especially trumpet and electric piano. Since those two instruments, along with the vibes, are the lead instruments that's a big difference in musical quality on a good stereo or headphones. The Masterworks version has more reverb on the trumpet and a fuller sound on the drums, especially on the toms.

Overall I was surprised to find that I preferred the older Legacy version.
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Beware, you WILL be captivated by this album. It is music for the soul. Jay Berliner's guitar gently opens the door to your heart on the first song, "For Someone I Love." Freddie Hubbard and Milt Jackson take it from there. You are taken by the hand and gently led into the remaining venue. Milt Jackson's vibes on "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" will make you weep. The entire album blossoms, like a sunflower.
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Yea, another CTI winner. You go, Bags. Loved this when I had the vinyl,
and love it now. The track "For Someone I Love" NEVER ceases to put me
in THAT mood. Serious, sophisticated, gorgeous. Listen to Herbie in the
mix getting into this and scatting. And those magnificent swirling strings
that just carry you away on a cloud. I love the whole recording. A classic
CTI date from the 70's with some of the best CTI stars at the time. Carter,
Cobham, and Hubbard all kick in on this with Sebesky's perfect arranging
and conducting. I only wish some alternate takes could have been added.
I won't quibble about SKJ being added. Any Bags is good Bags to my ears.
A million stars.
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I had never heard of this particular recording by Milt Jackson, even though I have CDs of his spanning the many eras of his career (including MJQ). But I happened to see this in the store,looked at the stellar cast listed on the back, and grabbed it.
Overall, this recording does not disappoint. But,at times, the players seem to be getting into one another's way. It sounds rather "muddy" and cacophonous in these places. For example, the strings seem especially intrusive on the first two tracks. This is not one of Don Sebesky's better arranging efforts. What a difference it is without strings on "People Make the World Go Round!" I particularly liked Herbie Hancock's acoustic piano solo on this track.
But the overall musicianship is, as one might expect, impeccable. I would recommend this for someone who has already listened to some of Milt's other recordings. But this is not the best place to start.
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For those of you who are aficionados of jazz in the cool style, "Milt Jackson Sunflower" is a rare treasure of smooth, cool beautiful music. Milt Jackson is the legendary vibraphone player whose artistry is unparalled. On this CD remastered from the original CTI LP (don't get any other CD version!), he plays with Herbie Hancock (piano/keyboard), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Cobham (percussion), and Freddie Hubbard (trumpet). According to the CD liner notes, the CD version adds an additional selection, "SKJ," that was not included in the original album as it was issued. Many of the tunes on this CD are jazz classics, such as "People Make the World Go Round," but never played sweeter than they are here. Freddie Hubbard's trumpet is a cool breeze of brass as it blows through each selction. "Milt Jackson Sunflower" is some of the best mood music I have ever found, romantic without being cheesy, meditative without being "space-y," mellow without being entirely tame.
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How anyone could badmouth CTI as a jazz label was always beyond me, and it's great that these classics are out there again. Freddie Hubbard, when he was at his best, was in the Dizzy-Clifford class--he could do absolutely anything that could be done on a trumpet. And he and Milt sound great together. I've always loved that sweet Stylistics tune "People Make the World Go Round" from when the original pop hit came out, and Milt and Freddie find all the beauty in it. Thanks for reissuing this beautiful record.
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