This superior reissue combines together two sessions led by vibraphonist Milt Jackson. The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later. Mastered from original analog tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this is THE essential pressing of this classic album.
Bags & Trane
Soul Brothers (180g)
The rare opportunity to hear Milt Jackson step out from behind his familiar vibraphones to play piano, and partner Ray Charles, in addition to manning the 88s, blow on the alto saxophone for two numbers, shouldn't be missed. Particularly on this LP, which portrays the 1957 collaboration within a huge, naturally vibrant soundstage. Mastered from the original master tapes and press on 180 gram vinyl, this edition lays bare the relaxed, bluesy, often-boppish jazz on display from these two giants. With stellar support, the two headliners treat this affair as a backroom woodshedding session. Mastered by Bernie Grundman Studios.