Milt Jackson's versatility is on display in this 1981 session produced by his close friend of 50 years, bassist Ray Brown. Latin, rock, and boogaloo rhythms color the music. A vocal quartet and a percussion corps figure prominently in some of the tracks. We hear Abraham Laboriel's jaunty electric bass lines and Ray Brown's profound acoustic ones. There are solos from three guitarists of distinctly different persuasions and from two piano stalwarts of the Hollywood studios. Through it all, serene and swinging, cruises the world's greatest vibraharpist, at once fitting into the settings and rising above them. The tracks include an expedition into ecstasy on "Days of Wine and Roses," an amusing reworking of Jackson's blues "Bags' Groove," and "Yusef," a seldom-played piece by Barry Harris. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" gets a samba treatment by the superb quartet of Jackson, Brown, guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, and drummer Nick Ceroli.
with Don Grusin, Dennis Budimir, Ron Eschete, Oscar Castro-Neves, Abraham Laboriel, Ray Brown, John Guerin, Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro, Paulinho Da Costa, and others