235

Milt Jackson & Ray Brown '77

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Milt Jackson and Ray Brown
Milt Jackson & Ray Brown '77
Eagle Vision
2004

The combination of Norman Granz and the Montreux Jazz Festival was a strong one. The music that Granz presented at the festival had some top notch performers. Several of the concerts are now available as part of the Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux series on DVD. There are several releases, among them performances by Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Ray Bryant and Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. All have been restored and remastered.

Milt Jackson and Ray Brown took the stage on July 13, 1977 with Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn, Monty Alexander on piano, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on tenor saxophone and Jimmie Smith on drums. And what an exemplary band it was! The music is electrifying, zapped by the rapport between them. There is an unmitigated joy in their playing, the passion kneaded by their virtuosity. Jackson rings the bell with his clean notes, unhurried yet filled with a rich resonance. And if Brown was of the opinion that too many notes spoilt the adventure, he shows precisely how economy can make a song sizzle. And there is Terry, often happy as is his wont, blowing some mean wah wah trumpet on "Red Top." When Davis goes into his cutting-edge solo, Jackson goes over, whispers and returns grinning ear to ear. In that closeness comes a harmony which can only go towards creating a strong emotional core. If there is one player who brings in resplendence with a chockfull of notes, it is Alexander. He is in constant ferment with thick juicy layers and emphatic chords and a nice imagination that at one time sees him invest some calypso in "You Are My Sunshine." Smith keeps the rhythm ticking, ever sensitive. In one of the many interesting camera angles, his right hand is in close cleave with Brown's conceptualization. Attention pays dividends.

There was magic in the air that night in Montreux and it is worth experiencing every moment.

Extras on the DVD come in the form of a presentation from Nat Hentoff and a short profile of Granz, drawings by David Stone Martin and photographs by Georges Braunschweig. One little error: when the pictures of the musicians come up during Hentoff's narration, Brown is identified as Alexander.

Track Listing: Slippery; Beautiful Friendship; Red Top; Mean to Me; You Are My Sunshine


Shop

More Articles

Read Man of the World: The Peter Green Story DVD/Film Reviews Man of the World: The Peter Green Story
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 11, 2017
Read Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary  Edition DVD/Film Reviews Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America DVD/Film Reviews Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi DVD/Film Reviews The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi
by Marc Davis
Published: December 16, 2016
Read The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris DVD/Film Reviews The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris
by Doug Collette
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America" DVD/Film Reviews Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read "Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert" DVD/Film Reviews Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Bill Evans:  Time Remembered The Life And Music Of Bill Evans" DVD/Film Reviews Bill Evans: Time Remembered The Life And Music Of Bill Evans
by Peter Jurew
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris" DVD/Film Reviews The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris
by Doug Collette
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth?" DVD/Film Reviews Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth?
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: April 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!