Milt Jackson – Olinga


Originally out on the CTI label, this set features vibraphonist Milt Jackson with some of his favorite musicians (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Mickey Roker, and Jimmy Heath on tenor and soprano) along with an occasional string section. The performances are pretty straight-ahead for CTI, with Bags and company performing the ballad “Lost April,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Olinga,” a Walton original, and three recent songs by Jackson. Although Cedar Walton does not sound as formidable on electric piano as on acoustic and the other solos overall are a bit safe, this is a nice album.


01. Olinga
02. Re-Rev
03. The Metal Melter
04. The Steel Bender
05. Lost April
06. I’m Not So Sure
07. The Metal Stelter (Alternate)
08. The Steel Bender (Alternate)

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