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Milt Jackson • Milt Jackson and the Thelonious Monk Quintet

Review by Jim Todd
This CD presents two complete sessions led by vibraphonist Milt Jackson: one where
the eventual members of the Modern Jazz Quartet are joined by saxophonist Lou
Donaldson, and eight quartet tracks with Thelonious Monk. (The session with Monk is
also on the four-CD set The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Monk's output between
1947 and 1952.) The July 2, 1948, date with Monk was recorded eight months after the
pianist's first recordings as a leader. Jackson, responding to the demands of Monk's
music with his customary fluid grace, is key to these definitive early recordings of
"Evidence," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," and "I Mean You." Kenny Hagood -- perhaps best
known as the vocalist who sang "Darn That Dream" on Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool --
joins the group on two standards. Hagood impresses as he croons unperturbed over
Monk and Jackson, whose busy, intertwining lines make for a pleasantly bizarre
accompaniment. The April 7, 1952, date with Donaldson does not have the impact of the
tracks with Monk. Donaldson's uncomplicated bop is mildly diverting, but it's the
consistently brilliant Jackson who commands the listener's attention. Donaldson lays out
on four tracks, including the two takes of the set's highlight, Jackson's "Lillie." Here the
vibraphonist effortlessly weaves 16th notes across the ballad's accompaniment by his
future MJQ partners. As always, it's not Jackson's speed that impresses, it's his taste,
musicianship, and artistry.

Forced Exposure ...

1. Tahiti
2. Lillie
3. Lillie (Alternate Take)
4. Bags' Groove
5. What's New                   
6. What's New (Alternate Take)
7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
8. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Alternate Take)
9. On The Scene
10. Evidence
11. Misterioso
12. Misterioso
13. Epistrophy                 
14. I Mean You
15. All The Things You Are
16. I Should Care
17. I Should Care (Alternate Take)

Tracks 1-9:
Lou Donaldson (as - 11, 4, 7, 8 & 9)
Milt Jackson (vib)
John Lewis (p)
Percy Heath (b)
Kenny Clarke (d)

WOR Studios, NYC, April 7, 1952. Recording Engineer: Doug Hawkins

Tracks 10-17: Milt Jackson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet (Blue Note BLP 1509)

Milt Jackson (vib)
Thelonious Monk (p)
John Simmons (b)
Shadow Wilson (d)
Kenny "Pancho Hagood" (Vocal - 15, 16 & 17)

Apex Studios, NYC, July 2, 1948. Recording Engineer: Harry Smith

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