The Big Band, Vol. 1

The Big Band, Vol. 1

by Milt Jackson


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Producer Norman Granz conceived the pairing of Milt Jackson with Count Basie, first on stage at Montreux in a small group, then in the studio with the pianist's full band for this 1978 session, which produced two albums' worth of music. Although Basie had never before used a vibraphonist with his band, Jackson proves to be an excellent fit. In fact, the two men are the only soloists on this release, aside from tenor saxophonist Eric Dixon's contribution to "The Comeback." Except for the jointly composed "Blues for Joe Turner," all of the music comes from the Basie bandbook. Jackson romps through Ernie Wilkins' "Basie," yet manages to restrain himself from too many rapid runs in Neal Hefti's signature tune "Li'l' Darlin'." The only oddity about this remarkable CD, which adds an alternate take of "Corner Pocket" left off of the LP, is the choice of cover photo, featuring a blurry Basie and Jackson, the latter with a somewhat bemused expression.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/1992
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218674027
catalogNumber: 740
Rank: 65855

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Milt Jackson   Primary Artist,Vibes,Track Performer
Count Basie   Piano,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Pete Minger   Trumpet
Big Band   Track Performer
Lin Biviano   Trumpet
John Clayton   Bass
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Saxophone
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Butch Miles   Drums
Bobby Plater   Saxophone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Mel Wanzo   Trombone
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Dennis Wilson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer,Contributor,Vibe Master
Pete Minger   Contributor
Neal Hefti   Composer
Lin Biviano   Contributor
Norman Granz   Producer
John Clayton   Contributor
Sonny Cohn   Contributor
Eric Dixon   Contributor
Charlie Fowlkes   Contributor
Charlie Frazier   Composer
Kenny Hing   Contributor
Bill Hughes   Contributor
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Butch Miles   Contributor
Bobby Plater   Contributor
Waymon Reed   Contributor
Danny Turner   Contributor
Val Valentin   Engineer
Mel Wanzo   Contributor
Fred Wesley   Contributor
Dennis Wilson   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Neuman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Donald Wolf   Composer

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