Just You Just Me
From the liner notes... Sam Miltich is more than a talented newcomer. Although worthy of such descriptors as "gifted" and "prodigious," he has not followed the typical path of the prodigy. Born into a family for whom music is a social activity, Sam's musical value system places heart far above virtuosity or bravado. The fact that he has chosen swing as his mode of expression is our good fortune because at the heart of the style is it's most unique and elusive element: the swing rhythm itself. It is no coincidence that this pulse is often referred to as a "feel;" it's something that can only be learned by being felt, and it has the power to move us in ways that only the deepest music can. It is even perhaps prophetic that the word "pulse" should enter into the musical lexicon, as it evokes the multidimensional role of the heart in music. Sam Miltich has taken that pulse into his own heart and is continually reinvesting in it, making it steadier, stronger and more powerfully irresistible. Sam's close association between music and family cannot be underestimated either. His heart yearns for a connection to a lineage, whether familial or musical, and he has created in his band an extended family of older musicians worthy of his respect. With Just You, Just Me, we listeners are treated to a glimpse of Sam's maturation as he absorbs priceless wisdom from his cohorts, and we hear his dazzling potential directed downward as his roots in the music grow ever deeper. He shows the strength to lead his band from the rhythm section, and the good taste to do so in a reserved but supportive way, eager to buoy and expose the sensitive vocals of his father or the mellifluous saxophone lines of Dave Karr. --Evan Price, 2008.