Milt Jackson: Lover




Milt Jackson (vibes)


The Jazz Skyline (Savoy Jazz 78997)

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Milt Jackson (vibes), Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Wendell Marshall (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums).

Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.


Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., January 23, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

After alternating the melody between 3/4 and 4/4, this pickup group settles into a frisky gambol better befitting both song and musicians than the breakneck tempo jazzmen by consensus had decided made an ideal "Lover." During the 1950s it was the critics’ cliché that Milt Jackson, temporarily loosed from the John Lewis-imposed rococo restraints of the MJQ, swung as hard as anyone in jazz. Here, bouncing his felt- tipped mallets off gold-plated aluminum bars with the effortless grace of a Chinese ping-pong champion dispatching opponents in the Grand Slam, Jackson shows that (in the words of our all-time favorite fortune cookie) Truth Sometimes Resides Even In Cliché.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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