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)

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Milt Jackson (vibes), Joe Pass (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Mickey Roker (drums).

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

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