It Don't Mean A Thing If You Can't Tap Your Foot To It

Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, Mickey Roke

It Dont Mean A Thing If You Cant Tap Your Foot To
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    1. Midnight Waltz 5:07
    2. Ain't That Nothin' 5:08
    3. Stress And Trauma 5:31
    4. Used To Be Jackson 5:27
    5. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 7:13
    6. If I Were A Bell 4:53
    7. Close Enough For Love 7:51

This is the quartet that became a major club attraction under Milt Jackson’s leadership during the 1980s. It is a group formed around old associations--in the case of Jackson and bassist Ray Brown, going back to the innovative Dizzy Gillespie combo and big band of the Forties. Pianist Cedar Walton is as reliable as ever here, and the set also underscores the perennial value of Brown, who contributes two compositions as well as his typically gargantuan bass lines. Among the highlights are Brown’s “Ain’t That Nothin’,” which could easily provide the soundtrack to a film, and a particularly insinuating version of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

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