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Wizard of the Vibes [Original recording remastered]

Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk & Milt JacksonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Tahiti (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Bags' Groove (Rudy Van Gelder 2001 - Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What's New (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. On The Scene (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lillie (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. What's New (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Milt Jackson 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Evidence (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Misterioso (Rudy Van Gelder 24-Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. EpistrophyThelonious Monk 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Mean You (Rudy Van Gelder 24-Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Misterioso (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)Thelonious Monk 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1948
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005LKBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bags the Wizard August 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It's important jazz history, but it is also excellent music. There are two sessions represented here. The first is a quintet comprising alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and what would soon be called the Modern Jazz Quartet--John Lewis (piano) Milt Jackson (vibraharp), Kenny Clarke (drums), and Percy Heath (bass). So you get MJQ with Lou. And these are wonderful renditions of Bags' tunes and standards. The "Bags Groove" is a great take on a modern jazz standard. This version is fresher and different from later takes (compare it to the classic Miles Davis recording). Jackson is indeed a wizard, and John Lewis proves why Kenny Clarke considered him the best of the bop pianists. Donaldson's solo on Ellington's "Don't Get around Much Anymore" demonstrates how many excellent alto players were completely eclipsed by Bird--in another musical universe this could have been a classic too. In any event, the album highlights Jackson's lyricism and command of a difficult instrument in his own compositions "Tahiti," "Lillie," and "Bags Groove" and in such tunes as "What's New." The second session on the album was a 1948 meeting with Thelonious Monk that includes brilliant renditions of "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," and "I Mean You." These juxtapose Monk's quirky percussive piano with Jackson's lyrical filigree work. Monk sets chords down and Bags dances weaving arabesque figures across them. All in all, this is an important collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milt and Monk : the great meeting November 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Blue Note's producers Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff were really great guys.They made some of the most essential sessions of new talents,who were young musicians at this time, and who are now recognized as some of the greatest masters of jazz: Thelonious Monk,Miles Davis,Bud Powell,Dexter Gordon,Milt Jackson,Jackie McLean,Herbie Nichols,and many more.This Rudy Van Gelder's reissue of Milt Jackson's works for Blue Note includes two different sessions: first, the April 7,1952 session with John Lewis,Lou Donaldson,Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke (tracks 1-9),and great tunes: Milt's compositions,the famous "Bag's groove","Lillie",a beautiful ballad,and "Tahiti";a salute to Duke ("don't get around much anymore"),Lou's theme ("on the scene"),and the great "what's new" by Bob Haggart.
But the most important is certainly the second session,recorded on July 2,1948 : Milt Jackson,Thelonious Monk,John Simmons and Shadow Wilson.The osmosis between Milt and Monk is perfect.The masterpiece of the session is Monk's "Misterioso", a fascinating and crazy exploration of the blues.Monk's playing on this track is out of this world. Just as mad as Jimmy Yancey."I mean you","epistrophy" and "evidence"(aka "just us" or "justice") are terrific too.In the last three tracks ("all the things you are","I should care" #1 & 2), singer Kenny Hagood joins the quartet.
This cd,which includes many alternate and unissued tracks,was remastered by the great Rudy Van Gelder,and the cover of the jacket uses the drawing of the original 10 inch LP.A treasury in the Blue Note catalog.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic Album, A MUST for MJQ Fans, But... February 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'll echo some of the other reviews that this is a landmark in many ways, and a great addition to your collection if you are a fan of Milt Jackson, or the MJQ, or Monk. Just be aware of some drawbacks. First, this is a mono recording. Second, the sound is not up to the quality of the other Blue Note RVG re-issues I've bought. RVG did the re-mastering, but was not the original engineer. Neither of these is a reason to avoid the album, just be aware of it when you buy. The other nuisance item is the sequence on the CD - it's inaccurate, showing most of the alternate tracks immediately after the original released version, when in fact they are at the end of each of the respective albums. I'm listening to Milt Jackson on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"...Windows Media Player says it's "What's New"...a nuisance rather than a catastrophe, as the liner notes sequence is accurate. Overall, four stars, straight-ahead early 50's jazz, and recommended for MJQ and Monk fans without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wizard of the Vibes April 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Highly recommended to all true bop-fans.Here we have that great musician at an early stage of his career. I especially like the tracks with Thelonious Monk for the combination of Jackson's crispy sounding improvisations with Monk's unique style. The other half of the album is done by the members of the MJQ with Lou Donaldson added, offering the really rare occasion of listening to this group plus a hornplayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milt Jackson & Thelonious Monk June 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This Blue Note release collects two sessions by Milt "Bags" Jackson--a 1948 collaboration between the vibraphonist and pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, and a '52 session with Bags's Modern Jazz Quartet cohorts John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). On five of the nine tracks from this latter session, Jackson and company are joined by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson (who contributes his own composition "On the Scene"). The fare on the '52 sessions is bebop with a light, consistent swing. The sophisticated sound of the MJQ, which would reach its apex in the years following this recording, is already in place here, and Donaldson's smooth alto lends balance to Lewis and Jackson's intertwining lines.
The '48 sessions are, naturally, of particular interest; the interplay between Monk's idiosyncratic, spacious playing and Jackson's fluid vibe creates a satisfying tension. Early versions of Monk classics, including "Misterioso" and "Epistrophy," are included, with Jackson's cool vibraphone coloring Monk's angular compositions. In addition, the straight phrasing and wide vibrato of vocalist Kenny "Pancho" Hagood appear on "I Should Care" and "All the Things You Are." An excellent sampler of Bags's formidable skills in two contexts, this collection is a must for fans of Jackson or any of the artists involved.

Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (vocals); Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); John Lewis, Thelonious Monk (piano); Percy Heath, John Simmons (bass); Kenny Clarke, Shadow Wilson (drums).
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