One of the earthiest blues players, Milt Jackson had a companion talent that is common to virtually all of the truly great jazz artists: he was a master of the art of the ballad. In this collection, he lovingly explores ten ballads, a few well known, some undeservedly obscure, all ideal vehicles for his romantic but never overly sentimental approach. Tommy Flanagan’s sensitive piano accompaniments and the strong support of bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jimmie Smith give Jackson a solid base for his reflections. Two prominent flutists, Hubert Laws and Jerome Richardson, contribute. All are buoyed by a superb collection of Los Angeles’s finest string players and the arrangements of Jimmy Jones, a writer universally admired by jazz musicians and listeners.
with Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Paulinho Da Costa, Dennis Budimir, Jimmie Smith, and strings