Milt Jackson & John Coltrane

Milt Jackson & John Coltrane


Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Connie Kay (drums)

Atlantic 1368

ORGM Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A - Bags & Trane
B1 - Three Little Words
B2 - The Night We Called It A Day
C - Be-Bop
D - The Late Late Blues

Recorded on January 15, 1959, at Atlantic Studios in New York City.

This album is available again! Bags and Trane couldn't fail with such an inspired line-up virtuoso jazz musicans. Vibes giant Milt Jackson and drummer Connie Kay came in straight from the Modern Jazz Quartet, pianist Hank Jones had been touring and recording with Lester Young and Cannonball Adderley while bassist Paul Chambers had arrived glowing with distinction after recording Kind Of Blue with Miles and becoming John Coltrane's bass player of choice - and then there's Coltrane himself who had been making his presence felt with his adventurous albums Blue Train, Soultrane and Lush Life.

This is, without doubt, one of the all time classic albums with Coltrane playing tenor sax throughout and sharing solo after solo with Milt and Hank who romp out on the percussive drive of the bluesy Bags & Trane and Jackson shines in the gorgeous opening of The Night We Called It A Day with a vibes solo that is as near perfection as Coltranes' easy takeover that follows with Milt slowing the whole thing down to a purring finish. Dizzy Gillespie's Be-Bop is taken a sixty miles an hour with everyone in the combo boppin' like mad but still in perfect unison while The Late Late Blues opens with a steady train-like rhythm with Kay and Chambers holding the chording down before Jackson shoots in with a driving, swinging run before going back to the solid backbeat as Coltrane breathes in sweetly with yet another joyful blowing session.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This ORG Music LP was remastered by Bernie Grundman, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at Pallas.