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  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000026FR7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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From their first encounter in the late 1960s, Milt Jackson and Monty Alexander found musical compatibility that makes the title of this album absolutely appropriate. Whether teamed with veterans of Jackson's vintage, as they often were with bassist Ray Brown and saxophonist Teddy Edwards, or here with Alexander's contemporaries John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, the results are soul and swing. In this 1977 collaboration, the two explore blues, ballads, bossa nova, and a choice item from the songbook of Stevie Wonder. Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Monty Alexander (piano), John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums) --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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By A Customer on 3 April 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here's two great musicians whose styles match perfectly, obviously having great fun playing the kind of music that used to get club audiences standing on their seats. No deeper meaning here; every song is a winner that will have you slapping your knees, stomping your feet and playing this cd over and over again.
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2007
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This 1977 recording is worth trying to get hold of. Milt Jackson is supported by the Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton on Bass and Jeff Hamilton on Drums.

Both Jackson and Alexander swing marvellously on the opening track 'Parking Lot Blues' (a Ray Brown tune). The second tune '3000 Miles Ago' is a slower, but still bluesy piece which provides an opportunity for Milt Jackson to demonstrate his effortless skills on Vibes. Immaculate technique, combined with rhythmic flexibility allow Jackson to go throw the gears and show why he was one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all.

The third track is an unusual version of Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely'. Such is the quality of the playing here they make this sound as though it was written as a Jazz piece - a wonderful swinging performance.

There really isn't a bad track on the album, and the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because there are other (better) albums featuring Milt Jackson outside of the MJQ which you should get ahead of this. Noteably a number of classic recordings with Oscar Peterson.
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very enjoyable Jazz cd when i say enjoyable. You know you have half a dozen Cd's

I am a real nerd about sound quality.

The sound quality is excellent. A very worthwhile buy indeed. There is no fillers and nothing to dislike.

Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton provide support ,

***** stars from me and the wife..

minuses. The first track sounds like the engineer pressed the record mode to late . You feel the he hit the go button half way through the song session.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98ed80d8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x983d3d8c) out of 5 stars Excellent music that deserves to be heard 17 Aug. 2005
By Charles Andrew Whitehead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best places to start hearing the music of the classic Monty Alexander Trio of the 70s (Jeff Hamilton drums and John Clayton on bass) together with vibist great Milt Jackson. It was Milt Jackson who bought Monty to Ray Brown's attention in the late 60s and these musicians recorded together on the Impulse label as early as 1969. John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton were part of the Trio that recorded the 1976 "Live In Montreux" album with Monty (as well as other MPS albums like "Live in Holland", "The Way It Is" and the 1983 Concord "Reunion In Europe") and their playing here with Milt in 1977 consistently swings hard, is dynamically sensitive and capable of sounding like a much bigger group when necessary. The arrangements are all tastefully handled and Monty himself is ever responsive and inspired by Milt's playing as he provides some wonderfully colorful comping and solos throughout this album. There is a funky "Soul Fusion", blues cuts, contemporary pop of the time ("Isn't She Lovely"), Richard Evans "Bossa Do Marilla", an inspired "Once I Loved" by Jobim and others. It adds up to an invigorating ensemble album and leaves you with a totally uplifted feeling. I consider this recording to be some of the best jazz playing this group has recorded and it should be considered a necessary acquisition. Enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983d3de0) out of 5 stars Classy album 5 Oct. 2007
By S J Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 1977 recording is well worth getting. Milt Jackson is supported by the Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton on Bass and Jeff Hamilton on Drums.

Both Jackson and Alexander swing marvellously on the opening track 'Parking Lot Blues' (a Ray Brown tune). The second tune '3000 Miles Ago' is a slower, but still bluesy piece which provides an opportunity for Milt Jackson to demonstrate his effortless skills on Vibes. Immaculate technique, combined with rhythmic flexibility allow Jackson to go throw the gears and show why he was one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all.

The third track is an unusual version of Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely'. Such is the quality of the playing here they make this sound as though it was written as a Jazz piece - a wonderful swinging performance.

There really isn't a bad track on the album, and the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because there are other (better) albums featuring Milt Jackson outside of the MJQ which you should get ahead of this. Noteably a number of classic recordings with Oscar Peterson.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9898ac3c) out of 5 stars Good get together 10 Sept. 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Milt Jackson and Monty Alexander always worked well together; the association seemed especially to inspire Alexander. YANO, a 12-bar blues, is a highlight of the CD, with Alexander shining on his solo. The group likes to switch tempos within songs, usually going from slow to medium or up and then back to slow again. They do this effectively on COMPASSION and 3000 MILES, where the quicker middle section is really good. The title track, a weak fusion piece, falters somewhat, but the rest of this CD is very nice.
HASH(0x983d5084) out of 5 stars Outstanding twosome 7 Jun. 2013
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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How can you go wrong with the superb jazz stylings of both Milt Jackson and Monty Alexander? The answer is .....you can't!!!! Buy it today before this classic disappears. Fabulous jazz by two fabulous artists.
HASH(0x983d3f78) out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this one 8 Dec. 2013
By Edward Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Milt Jackson and Monty Alexander at their peak, for those who like Milt this is a very good CD to enjoy.
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