Stonewall- Something Else Review: MJQ


My youngest son, now a keen piano student, has recommended a track from the Esquire CD album “Something Else” featuring Milt Jackson (vibes), Percy Heath (bass), Connie Kay (drums) and Horace Silver (piano). This is the MJQ minus John Lewis. Silver, after this 1955 recording, went on to found his own group and compose a great many outstanding melodies. On this album his style is typical terse bebop, similar to Lewis, Al Haig and Russ Freeman. In later years he substantially changed his style. The late Smith Dobson told me that this was because he suffered damage to his fingers and was forced to adapt. The track recommended by my son is “Stonewall”, a 12-bar Blues. The title refers to Jackson’s nickname and has no connection to the homosexual riots in New York. As far as I know, jazz musicians of the 1940’s and 1950’s were all heterosexual.

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