updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/14/1998 12:00AM

Outstanding jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, who, as a 40-year veteran of the Modern Jazz Quartet, made the instrument sing like the human voice, Saturday, in New York, of liver cancer. He was 76 and had played with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and John Coltrane.

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