|The great jazz vibraphonist, Milt Jackson, was born on January 1, 1923.|
Let's start the New Year off with a heavy dose of coolness. And you can't get any more cool than some old school jazz vibraphone, played by Bags himself.
Yeah, I'm a big fan of the vibes. They have such a rich, mellow sound, so smooth and easy, that I can't help but feel laid-back when I hear them. Sometimes I fancy trying to learn how to play them, but time and money have always got in the way, and the instrument tales up a lot of space, not something that will put away easy in a closet or a case. ;-)
Yet, I'm happy to just be a listener and enthusiast, admiring the artistry of Milt Jackson, who brings out the beauty of the vibes like no other musician. It's magical.
|Milt Jackson playing at Parnell's in Seattle circa 1980 (Photo: Steven M. O'Kelley)|
Good vibrations for certain!!!
Let's listen to some fine tunes:
Modern Jazz Quartet performing "Winter Tale" in 1962
Modern Jazz Quartet performing "Bag's Groove" in 1982
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (1972)
"Round Midnight" (1990)