It is very interesting to listen to Milt Jackson as a leader, mostly in the Fifties. These are the complete recordings in two cds from four different dates: "Milt Jackson Quartet" (1955), "Telefunken Blues" (1954-55), "The Jazz Skyline" (1956) and "Plenty, Plenty Soul" (1957). Three tunes are added from the recordings that Jackson made in 1948 with Thelonious Monk, maybe just to fill the cd length: actually, there's no need to include it, due to the fact that Monk's album containing those masterpieces ("Genius of Modern Music vol.1") is already an essential item in every good record collection. In these two Milt Jackson's cds we hear beautiful bop music, with strong influences from blues and gospel. In the same years the vibist was part of the Modern Jazz Quartet, the group where he really played at its best. But these recordings as a leader are strongly recommended, also because the personnels are full of great jazzmen, such as Lucky Thompson, Oscar Pettiford, Art Blakey, Joe Newman. Last bu not the least: in "Milt Jackson Quartet" we can hear what the Modern Jazz Quartet could be if Horace Silver were in place of John Lewis.