• milt jackson & john coltrane Bags & Trane (180g vinyl double LP, £45.95)

    Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and sax virtuoso John Coltrane recorded just once together, and it makes one wish they reunited for more. Collaborating with Hank Jones, Paul Chambers and Connie Kay, the headliners go for broke, expanding the parameters of two Jackson originals and three standards. Mastered at 45RPM from analog tapes by Bernie Grundman, this audiophile-grade 2LP reissue presents the recording in exacting sound, taking you right into NYC’s Atlantic Recording Studios when the pieces were recorded in January 1959. It comes housed in a Stoughton case-wrapped gatefold jacket. It’s a shame more classic hard-boppers weren’t unified for multiple collaborations. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophone virtuoso John Coltrane recorded just once together, and this 1959 date makes one wish they reunited for several return engagements. Lighthearted, upbeat, and joyously fluid, Bags & Trane plays like a private after-hours session of friends hanging back and toying with the music. In collaborating with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, the headliners go for broke, expanding the parameters of two Jackson originals as well as three standards, including Dizzy Gillespie’s “Be-Bop” and the staple “The Night We Called It a Day.” Upbeat tempos and spirited interplay pulses throughout. Mastered at 45RPM from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman, this double LP reissue presents this heralded release in exacting sound, with the instruments given full range and true-to-life imaging that takes you right into New York City’s Atlantic Recording Studios when the pieces were recorded in January 1959. LP 1: Bags & Trane / Three Little Words / LP 2: Be-Bop / The Late Late Blues


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