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Milt Buckner
Milt Buckner (*1915 in St. Louis) was a great jazz musician who, because of the star system that prevails in the jazz field, was never given proper credit for his tremendous contribution to the jazz lexicon.
 
Buckner was equally at home on piano and organ and invented the orchestral sounding "block cord" that was made so popular by George Shearing and Nat King Cole. When block cords were used by Buckner you could clearly hear the sections of a big band. He also explored the tonal colours of the Hammond organ, instead of relying on one or two sounds as most of the well known jazz organists have done.
 
In the 50's, Milt was working on piano and Lionel Hampton approached him to join his band, but as an organist. In a few weeks he was totally at home on the instrument. He was with Hampton for seven years.
 
A good deal of Buckners popularity was attributed to his personality. A compact 5-foot-2 1/2-inch ball of energy, he was a lively figure on any stand. The music fits the personality - it's usually loud, heavily melodic and swinging.
 
Milt Buckner died 27 July 1977 in Chicago.
 
Thanks to Lyman Strong/NYC/USA who contributed this text.
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Discography
Rockin' Hammond
Capitol Records T 722
released 1956
recorded February and March 1956 in New York City/USA
Milt Buckner, organ
Mickey Baker, guitar
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Shadow Wilney, drums
Organ ... Sweet N' Swing
Regent MG 6004
released 1956
Milt Buckner, organ
Bobby Banks, organ
Vin Strong, organ
Vin Strong Trio
no further details known
Send Me Softly
Capitol Records T 938
released 1958

Milt Buckner, organ
further details unknwon
Mighty High
Argo LPS 660
released 1960
recorded December 1959 in New York City/USA
Milt Buckner, organ
Jimmy Campbell, alto sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Joe Benjamin, bass
Maurice Sinclaire, drums
Please, Mr. Organ Player
Argo LPS 670
released 1960
recorded May 1960 in Chicago, IL/USA
Milt Buckner, Hammond B-3 organ
James Campbell, alto sax
Reggie Boyd, guitar
Richard Evans, bass
Maurice Sinclaire, drums
Midnight Mood
Argo LPS 702
released 1962
recorded April 1961 in Chicago, IL/USA
Milt Buckner, organ
Johnny Pate, bass
Maurice Sinclaire, drums
Milt And Hal
Black & Blue 33.016
released 1968
Hal Singer, tenor sax
Johnny Letman, trumpet
Tiny Grimes, guitar
Milt Bruckner, organ
Wallace Bishop, drums
Midnight Slows
Black & Blue 33.026
released 1968
recorded December 1967 in Paris/France
reissued on CD as Black & Blue 233.026 + 3 bonus tracks
Milt Buckner, organ
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Wallace Bishop, drums
Locked Hands
MPS 15199
released 1968
recorded August 1968 in Köln/Germany
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Jimmy Woode jr, bass
Kenny Clare, drums
The Soul Explosion
Prestige PRST-7629
released 1969
recorded March 1969 in USA
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Joe Newman, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Russell Jacquet, trumpet
Matthew Gee, trombone
Frank Foster, tenor sax
Cecil Payne, baritone sax
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Wally Richardson, guitar
Al Lucas, bass
Al Foster, drums
Genius At Work!
Black Lion BL-146
released 1971
recorded April 1971 at Ronnie Scott's in London/Great Britain
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax, vocals
Milt Buckner, organ
Tony Crombie, drums
Newport In New York '72 Vol.1
Atlantic ATL 40445
released 1972
recorded live 06 July 1972 at Radio City Hall in New York City/USA
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Jimmy Owens, trumpet
Charles McPherson, alto sax
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Milt Buckner, organ
Roland Hanna, piano
Charles Mingus, bass
Alan Dawson, drums
Buck And Jo
Jazz Odyssey JO 007
released 1972

Milt Buckner, organ
Jo Jones, drums
Midnights Slows 3
Black & Blue 33.055
released 1973
recorded August 1973 in France
Milt Buckner, organ
Candy Johnson, tenor sax
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, guitar
Michael Silua, drums
Candy's Mode
Black & Blue 33.058
released 1973
recorded July and August 1973 in Paris/France
Candy Johnson, tenor sax
Milt Buckner, organ
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, guitar
Michael Silva, drums
Midnight Slows 4
Black & Blue 33.068
released 1974
recorded January 1974 in France
Milt Buckner, organ
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Jo Jones, drums
Midnight Slows 5
Black & Blue 33.075
released 1974
recorded January 1974 in Paris/France
Milt Buckner, organ
Buddy Tate, tenor sax, clarinet
Jo Jones, drums
How High The Moon
Prestige P-24057
released 1975
recorded March 1969 in USA
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Joe Newman, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Russell Jacquet, trumpet
Matthew Gee, trombone
Frank Foster, tenor sax
Cecil Payne, baritone sax
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Wally Richardson, guitar
Al Lucas, bass
Al Foster, drums
Green Onions
Black & Blue 33.087
released 1975
recorded February 1975 in France
Milt Buckner, organ, piano, vibes, vocals
André Persiany, piano
Roy Gaines, guitar
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Panama Francis, drums
Blues And Bounce!
Black & Blue 333.110
released 1976
recorded July 1976 in Paris/France
Marcel Zanini, tenor sax, clarinet
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Jean-Pierre Lindenmeyer, vibes
Marc-Édouard Nabe, guitar
Michel Gaudry, bass
Sam Woodyard, drums
Love And Slows Vol. 1
Barclay 900.549
released 1976
recorded November 1976 in Leiden/The Netherlands
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Milt Buckner, organ
Chris Smildiger, bass
Sonny Payne, drums
Midnight Slows 6
Black & Blue 33.093
released 1977
recorded May 1976 in France
Milt Buckner, organ
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Eddie Chamblee, tenor sax
Panama Francis, drums
The Wild Man From Texas
Black & Blue 33.099
released 1977
recorded May 1976 in Toulouse and Paris/France
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Wallace Davenport, trumpet
Buster Cooper, trombone
Eddie Chamblee, tenor sax
Earl Warren, alto sax
Milt Buckner, organ, vibes
André Persiany, piano
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Panama Francis, drums
Lionel Hampton And His Jazz Giants 77
Black & Blue 33.107
released 1977
recorded May 1977 in Toulouse/France
Lionel Hampton, vibes, piano, drums
Milt Buckner, organ
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Eddie Chamblee, alto sax, tenor sax
Paul Moen, tenor sax
Billy Mackel, guitar
Barry Smith, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums
Alive & Jumping
MPS-15469
released 1978
recorded live May 1977 in Villingen/Germany
Lionel Hampton, vibes, piano, drums, vocal
Milt Buckner, organ
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Eddie Chamblee, tenor sax
Paul Moen, alto sax
Billy Mackel, guitar
Barry Smith, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums
Pressure Cooker
Alligator ALCD 4745
released 1985
recorded March/July/August 1973 in Paris & Toulouse/France
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, guitar, vocals
Milt Buckner, organ
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Michael Silva, drums
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Play, Milt, Play
INA FC 103
released 1987
recorded November 1966 in Paris/France and July 1969 in Toulouse/France
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Roy Elridge, trumpet
Jo Jones, drums
Jimmy Woode, bass
Slam Stewart, bass
Them Their Eyes
Black & Blue 233.013
released 1987
recorded December 1967 in Paris/France
Milt Buckner, organ
Wallace Bishop, drums
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Body And Soul
Moon MCD 004-2
released 1989
recorded live 1967 in Paris/France
Johnny Griffin, tenor sax
Milt Buckner, organ
André Condvant, guitar
Joe Nay, drums
Live In Switzerland 1968-69
Jazz Helvet JH03
released 1990
recorded September 1968/September 1969 in Switzerland
Lucky Thompson, soprano sax
Milt Buckner, organ
Buddy tae, tenor sax
Wallace Bishop, drums
Boogie For Piano And Organ
Milan Jazz 887787
released 1993
recorded June and November 1976 in Paris/France
Milt Buckner, organ
Jean-Paul Amouroux, piano
Alphonse Masselier, bass
Pierre LeMarchand, drums
André Villeger, tenor sax
Pierre Michelot, bass
Michel Gaudry, bass
Sam Woodyard, drums
Milt Buckner
Progressive PCD-7017
released 1994
recorded October/November 1976 in Leiden/The Netherlands and New Orleans, LA/USA
Milt Buckner, organ
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Sonny Payne, drums
Joop Scholten, guitar
Koos van der Sluis, bass
Chris Smidiger, bass
Milt Buckner & His Alumni
Black And Blue BB 909.2
recorded 1976
Milt Buckner, piano, organ, vibes, vocals
André Persiany, piano
Earle Warren, alto sax
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Eddie Chamblee, tenor sax
Buster Cooper, trombone
Wallace Davenport, trumpet
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Panama Francis, drums
Rockin' With Milt
Fresh Sound Records FSR-CD 511
recorded:
CD1-01 to 10: April 1955 in New York, NY/USA
CD1-11 to 17: February 1956 in New York, NY/USA
CD2-01 to 06: March 1956 in New York, NY/USA
CD2-07 to 10: September 1956 in New York, NY/USA
CD2-11 to 22: July 1957 in New York, NY/USA
Milt Buckner, organ, piano
Danny Turner, alto sax, tenor sax
Earl Warren, alto sax
Sam "The Man" Taylor, tenor sax
Dick Garcia, guitar
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Mickey Baker, guitar
Skeeter Best, guitar
Milt Hinton, bass
Wendell Marshall, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Sam Woodyard, drums
Shadow Wilson, drums

 
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