Milt Jackson: In a Sentimental Mood
In a Sentimental Mood
Quadrant (featuring Milt Jackson and Joe Pass)
All Too Soon: The Duke Ellington Album (Original Jazz Classics OJC-450)
Composed by Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz & Irving Mills.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, January 21, 1980
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
"All music is folk music," observed Louis Armstrong. "I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." Without contradicting Satchmo, we might also say that all music is mood music—not cocktail-hour Easy Listening or waiting-room New Age, but art with the emotional depth to transform a listener's state of mind. While Coltrane’s Ascension (1965) may incense us, another Coltrane track may soothe us. Certainly the group known as Quadrant here captures Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" with a bluesy wistfulness that's as calming as a gentle summer rain on a lazy afternoon. It's enough to make even a horse sing along.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz