Milt Jackson and Ray Brown went back to 1945 and their apprenticeship with Dizzy Gillespie. They were in the Gillespie sextet that recorded "Diggin' for Diz," "Dynamo," and "'Round Midnight." They were in the big band that recorded "Ray's Idea" and "Things to Come." In other words, they helped build the foundation of modern jazz, and they went on to become avatars of the new music and of their instruments. Each has been a star and a leader, but their collaboration stopped only with Jackson's death in 1999. On occasion, Jackson has served as Brown's sideman for recordings and Brown for Jackson's. Here, the date is Bags'. The band includes Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins, whose professional association with Jackson dates from the 1960s. The repertoire includes lots of Jackson's specialty, the blues, and a Jackson-Brown duo performance of "On a Slow Boat to China."
with Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, John Collins, Vaughn Andre, Billy Higgins, Frank Severino