Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet: That's not exactly a moniker that conjures up images of funk. But that's exactly what you get in this 1968 Verve release from vibraphonist Jackson and the four strings -- bassist Ron Carter, along with Sanford Allen on violin, Alfred Brown, viola and either Sidney Edwards, Ronald Lipscomb or Kermit Moore on cello. Granted the funk is on the easy side, but still...
Bags with Strings features a fine drum intro by Grady Tate. The MP3 is taken from the original vinyl LP.
Bags with Strings
The only digital release for this album came on an expensive Japanese CD, which is now out of print and seems to command about $80. Used vinyl copies start north of $20 online.
Below is a sample of Milt Jackson with a much larger string aggregation on a later release for Pablo.