Milt Jackson – Vibes
Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet/Flugel
Herbie Hancock – Jay Berliner – guitar
Ron Carter – bass
Bill Cobham – drums
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Plus reeds and strings
What a disappointment track one was, here are
a collection of my favourite jazz musicians playing something
with no form, no tune and no interest for me whatever. Why did
they do it?
Fortunately on track two sanity returns and
we have one of the nicest ballads of all time, but even on this
track leaving out Creed Taylor’s trademark strings and reeds,
would have been a great improvement, they just get in the way.
At least we have a chance to hear the incredible improvisations
of these jazz masters however.
The sleeve notes say that his was taking Milt
Jackson out of the comfort zone of The modern Jazz Quartet and
into the new music of the contemporary genre. The truth of the
matter is the only time any of it really takes off is on SKJ
a good old-fashioned 12 bar blues!