Jack Millman: Jazz Studio 4 - JazzWax

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April 05, 2011


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Han Schulte

In august 2010 Joy Millman was Jack Millman's wife for 34 years. That month Jack was interviewed by Allysen Kerr in his Gainesville apartment.
Decca UK launched in the summer of 1956 an EP titled Jack Millman Jazz Studio 4 Part 2 with the following tracks: "Too Much" (arr. Jack Montrose), "Ballade For Jeanie" (arr. Spud Murphy), "Bolero de Mendez" (arr. Pete Rugolo) and "Just A Pretty Tune" (arr. Frank Erickson).
Jack's compositions and his playing on flügelhorn reminds a little bit of Miles Davis "Birth of the Cool".

T.K. Tortch

Is that a Flugel he's playing in most of the pictures above? It's got an odd tubing wrap, relative to the valve block, whether it's a trumpet or a Flugel.


Comparing the track list with the two Fresh Sound cds that I have, it appears that this includes all of "and his All-Stars" (pictured) and five cuts from "Four More" (from 1956) as well as four tracks not on either of the Fresh Sound releases. Ten additional tracks can be found on "Four More."


Along with all of those West Coast giants, the Chicago tenor legend Lin Halliday appears on a few tracks. Halliday recorded several albums for Delmark in his last years, but these are the only early recordings that I've come across.


This Jack Millman album is also included in the "Jazz Studio 3/4" CD Lonehill realeased under John Graas's name

Dan Feldman

I have Jack's Lps on Decca, Liberty and that rare red vinyl one on Era, and love them all. Jack lives in Gainesville, FL now, about 2 hours away. One day I will go up there and have him autograph my albums. Thanks for posting this article on this fine West Coast Jazz musician who should never be forgotten! Marc, your website is the BOMB!

John Lovins

My father Jay Lovins, a filmmaker was well acquinted with Jack Millman. I had visited Jack Millman's home as a child. I remember
he gave me a piece of wrapped candy that I still can remember to
this day

John Lovins

John Lovins

Jack used to come over to our property on Highland Ave in Hollywood
and play his instruments(for all to hear) from our woodsy backyard
near Hollywood Heights, according to my Grandmother, Mona Lue Lovins, Jay Lovins' Mother.

John Lovins, son of Jay Lovins

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