Milt Jackson: In A New Setting
The program is a typical Jackson menu of blues, ballads and a bit of bop with a higher than average content of originals: five by Jackson including the marvelous "Sonny's Blues" and "Clay's Blues," two by Heath, including his near-perfect, near-standard "Project-S" (offering one of the pianist's catchiest-ever solos) and Tyner's interesting "Spanish Fly." Verve's CD release of In A New Setting is packaged in a terrific cardboard case with original, hipodelic cover art well in tact, similar to other releases in the excellent Verve By Request series. Unfortunately,though, Limelight's original packaging, featuring heavy vinyl, cardboard covers and arty booklets with unbelievable, colorfield (and 'shapefield' if that's possible) die cuts mounted inside are all gone. Still, the music retains the cutting edge artistry the packaging no longer has and retains its entertainment value long after the first listen.
Tracks:Sonny's Blues; I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life; Spanish Fly; No Moon At All; Slow Death; Clay's Blues; Lazy Melody; Project-S; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye; That's In; Ineffable; The Other Half of Me.
Players:Milt Jackson: vibes, arranger; Jimmy Heath: tenor sax, flute, arranger; McCoy Tyner: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Connie Kay: drums.
Record Label: Verve Music Group