Milt Jackson—Bags’ Groove

There is no question about it… Milt Jackson revolutionized the way the vibraphone was played in jazz, and continues, twenty years after his death to be considered the modern master of the instrument, influencing everyone who has followed.

As writer Don Heckman wrote in Jackson’s obituary in 1999, “Jackson gave language and voice to the vibraphone–a totally touch-dependent assemblage of metal bars and tubes. Without him, the instrument would have remained a jazz stepchild with no capacity for the sort of bent tones and contrasting timbres essential to jazz expressiveness.”

So In this episode we take a look at this giant of the jazz vibes…


“Bags’ Groove” Barry Harris
“Bags’ Groove” Modern Jazz Quartet
“Moonglow” Benny Goodman Quartet
“Misterioso” Milt Jackson and Thelonious Monk
“Yesterdays” Modern Jazz Quartet
“Trav’lin” Modern Jazz Quartet
“Skating in Central Park” Modern Jazz Quartet
“Bags’ Groove” Modern Jazz Quartet
“‘Round Midnight” Milt Jackson
“Bags’ Groove” Bobby Hutcherson
“Bags’ Groove” Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson

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Published November 9th, 2019 by Bob Hecht

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