Monday, 3 May 2010

Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band "Memphis Jackson"

Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band

"Memphis Jackson"
( LP Impulse Records, 1970 )
Catalog # AS-9193

A1 - Uh-Huh 3:48
A2 - One Mint Julep ( One Way ) 2:33
A3 - Oh Happy Day 3:30
A4 - Memphis Junction 2:49
A5 - Queen Mother Stomp 6:30
B1 - Braddock Breakdown 3:40
B2 - A Sound For Sore Ears 3:02
B3 - Enchanted Lady 5:06
B4 - One Mint Julep ( The Other Way ) 2:44
B5 - Picking Up The Vibrations 4:11

Personnel & Credits:
Alto Saxophone - Ernie Watts (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B4)
Arranged - Bob Florence (tracks: A1) , Dave Blumfeld (tracks: A2, B1, B2, B4, B5),
Ray Brown (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B3, B4)
Baritone Saxophone - Jim Horn (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4, B5),
John Lowe (tracks: B1, B2, B5)
Bass - Ray Brown (tracks: All) , Wilton Felder (tracks: All)
Bass Trombone - Kenny Shroyer (tracks: B1, B2, B5)
Drums - Carl (Cubby) O'Brien (tracks: B1, B2, B5) , Earl Palmer (tracks: A1, A2, A3),
Paul Humphries (tracks: A4, A5, B3)
Electric Piano - Joe Sample (tracks: A4, A5, B3)
Engineer - Dave Wichmann (tracks: All) , Thorn Nogar (tracks: All)
Flugelhorn - Harry Edison (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4, B5)
Guitar - Fred Robinson (tracks: All) , Howard Roberts (tracks: A4, A5, B3)
Percussion - Victor Feldman (tracks: A4, A5, B3)
Photograph - Phil Melnick
Piano - Mike Melvoine (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4, B5)
Producer - Ed Michel (tracks: All)
Tenor Saxophone - Harold Land (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B4), Teddy Edwards (tracks: A4, A5, B1, B2, B3, B5)
Trombone - Jimmy Cleveland (tracks: B1, B2, B5) , Randy Aldcroft (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B4)
Trumpet - Al Aarons (tracks: A4, A5, B3) , Bud Brisbois (tracks: B1, B2, B5), Buddy Childers (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B4),
Harry Edison (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4, B5) , John Audion (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B4) , Ollie Mitchell (tracks: B1, B2, B5)
Tuba - John T. Johnson (tracks: A1, A2, A3,B4)
Vibraphone - Milt Jackson (tracks: All)
Writer - Edwin R. Hawkins (tracks: A3) , Jimmy Heath (tracks: B2) , Milt Jackson (tracks: A4, B3) , Randolph Toombs (tracks: A2, B4) , Ray Brown (tracks: A1, B1, B5) , Victor Feldman (tracks: A5)

A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4 & B5 Recorded 9 October, 1969, at Annex Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
A4, A5, B3 Recorded 10 October, 1969, at Annex Recording Studios, Los Angeles

When Milt Jackson wasn’t recording with the MJQ, he was making other music. He played with Ray Brown annually, all at Shelly’s Manne Hole, and this particular get together in 1969 resulted in this recording. They expanded to a bigger band, and with such Jazz/Funk royalty as Earl Palmer, Paul Humphries, Sweet Edison, Mike Melvoin, and the legendary Many Others (of which there were as the Fugees said: many many many), this record is solid. A mixture of standards and funked up Jazz, the result is something special. “Braddock Breakdown” is a an example of the great combination of Brown’s conducting and Milt Jackson’s leading (and vibes) mixed in together with a Big Band atmosphere and sound. Not too much Big Band, and not too much funky, it’s a decent mixture of the two.

By Celo

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