Record pictures updated June 8, 2017, updated June 10, 2017. This record deserves better than what I was able to do five years ago.
Track Selection 1: Kahlil the Prophet (Mclean)
…” Using a hard bop lyric and a shape-shifting sense of harmonic interplay between the three front-line players, McLean moves deeply into a blues groove without giving into mere 4/4 time structures. The architecture of his solo is wonderfully obtuse, playing an alternating series of eighths, 12ths, and even 16ths against Hutcherson’s wide-open comping and arpeggio runs.”
from All Music Review
LJC says: Influenced by but not of the avant guard, Moncur, Mclean and Hutcherson apply brushstrokes to the musical outer canvas; trombone and vibraphone create an airy spaciousness under the canvas, whilst Ridley and Haynes are the pegs in the ground that stop the canvas from blowing away. Dib dib dib. Great!
Selection 2 (It’s Christmas!): Love and Hate (Moncur)
The standout track for me is Moncur’s Love and Hate, more abstract and spacious, and less bop than Kahlil, but I couldn’t decide which between the two, as I love Kahlil the Prophet for McLean’s sparkling alto improvisation. So I decided to post them both. It’s Christmas don’t you know? Ho ho ho!
Grachan Moncur III (tb) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 20, 1963
It is 1963 and things are beginning to free up: moody, angular, discordant , adventurous, unpredictable, off-balance. We are entering the Twilight Zone of “Post-Bop” where McLean’s sharp acidic tone is well at home.
Within a short space of time Blue Note will offer Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Moncur’s Evolution, Dolphy’s Out to Lunch, Hill’s Point of Departure, Shorter’s Night Dreamer and Lee Morgan will go In Search of New Land, (before heading back home for safer ground). More important, no one smiles on the record cover any more. The musicians are no longer asking to entertain you, the customer. The shoe is on the other foot, you are going to be allowed to listen to them.
It is common to describe things as being “ahead of their time” and I was tempted to slap that label in this album, but it struck a chord recently when I read an alternative view: The musician is rarely ahead of his time. The problem is the audience, many of whom are considerably behind their time.
Of all of McLean’s Blue Note dates, so many of which are classic jazz recordings, Destination… Out! stands as one that reveals the true soulfulness and complexity of McLean’s writing, arranging, and his unique alto voice.
Vinyl: BN 4165 NY, Ear, VAN GELDER, no DG, mono, 1st press
All present and correct. Got to love those ears.
Reid Miles Larry Miller cover design shows how you use typography for best effect – off centre angled picture of Jackie (dark glasses in the dark, and goatee) stealing part of the album title – “Out!” perfectly capturing the off-centre angular style of the music.
Source: Ebay, around three years ago.
The idea of a Collectors Diary was fine while there was a lot of interesting stuff coming in, but at times when there isn’t, I will have to fall back on the idea of just “making stuff up”.
It has been very slow over recent weeks, not very much collectible coming in, a lot of “placed second” bids as collectors decide to treat themselves to a big Christmas present. So I have had a look around the shelves to find good music to post, and I realised I had been neglecting Jackie McLean as I bought a lot of his records long before LJC. So it’s catch up time, hopefully you approve.
Postscript and off-topic:
Blue Note Liberty
All the helpful stuff posted in during the last couple of weeks, more comments than ever before, thanks to all – I have added a permanent page to LJC which draws on all we know about the Liberty Years of Blue Note. May just be of interest, contains not previously seen material