Wizard of the Vibes

Milt Jackson - Wizard of the Vibes
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1952 Ratings: #3
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August 1952 / Release Date
LP / Format
Blue Note / Label
Jazz, Bebop / Genres
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I listened to the tracks included on the 2001 CD Edition and the 1989 CD Red Cover Edition.

These recordings from 1948, 1951 and 1952 are among the finest of Bags' early discography, and arguably the best you will find this early on in the 50s. Working with the Thelonious Monk Quintet and then The Modern Jazz Quartet (+ Lou Donaldson) for the '52 sessions, this collection features some of the 50s' most talented artists, and it is a shame it flies under the radar of so many jazz fans.


Milt Jackson's playing is impressive and I can't help but love those sounds. However, by the second half it gets all to repetitive.


This 1952 compilation features some Thelonious Monk Quintet recordings from two sessions: 2nd July 1948 and 23rd July 1951.

Thelonious Monk on piano, John Simmons on bass, Shadow Wilson on drums, and Milt Jackson on vibraphone.

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Track List

  1. Tahiti
  2. Lillie
  3. Criss Cross
  4. Willow Weep For Me
  5. What’s New
  6. Bags’ Groove
  7. On the Scene
  8. Eronel
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Added on: January 22, 2017