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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Telefunken Blues - Milt Jackson


Telefunken Blues
Featuring Milt Jackson
Supervision: Ozzie Cadena
Mastering: Rudy Van Gelder
Savoy Record Co. MG 12006

From the back cover: The product of two recording dates, this album represents some of the most exciting swinging jazz on discs to date! It is a great tribute to one of the most important sidemen of modern jazz' formative days... Kenny Clarke, leader and drummer here! Kenny, the transitional drummer who bridged the gap from the Krupa's, etc., to modern jazz, stilll is top man in most jazzmen's book due to his entering beat, inherent good taste, and unobtrusive "booting" of any group he graces! His introduction to drumming circles of the bass drum and snare drum accents so common to contemporary percussion work is only a partial story of his contribution. But... forge the word pictures... the cat swings! Under his able guidance, Ozzie Cadena (Savoy A&R chief) banded together men for 3 outstanding jazz camps for these dates: The Count Basie band, (Wess, Coker, Fowlkes, jones), and formerly, Clarke), and the west coast hard-swinging set, (Wiggins, Morgan, Benton), Scores contributed by star Basie arranger Ernie Wilkins left plenty of moving room for the outstanding soloists. The classic Telefunken Blues title came from a chance remark by Frank Wess about Ray Van Gelder's excellent recording equipment. Commenting on the excellent sound, he cried "Man, no wonder it's coming out so funky, he's using Telefunken Microphones." Incidentally, this album makes the premiere performance on records of those two fabulous young West Coast jazzmen, Frank Morgan and Walter Benton. Gerry Wiggins, a real wig on the date, collaborated with Kenny on Sonor. Eddie Beal, an old-time favorite, wrote Skoot. Klook alone wrote "Strolling' and the very, very relaxed Blues Mood.

Blue's Mood

Milt Jackson - Vibes
Fans Morgan - Alto Sax
Walter Benton - Tenor Sax
Gerald Wiggins - Piano
Percy Heath - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums and Leader

Recorded in Hollywood, Calif.
Supervised by Kenny Clarke

Telefunken Blues
Klook's Nook
Baggio' The Blues

Milt Jackson - Vibes
Henry Coker - Trombone
Frank Wess - Tenor Sax
Charlie Fowlkes - Baritone Sax
Eddie Jones - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums and Leader

Arrangements: Ernie Wilkins
Recorded in Hackensack, N.J.
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder

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