Jackie McLean: Demon’s Dance (1967) Blue Note: Liberty/UA – Italy

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Selection: Message From Trane . Artists Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Lamont Johnson (piano) Scott Holt (bass) Jack DeJohnette (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 22, 1967 Musicians of Note: yes, Woody Shaw! … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (1961) Blue Note/Toshiba (LNJ series) Test Pressing

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Selection: A Fickle Sonance (Mclean) . Artists: Tommy Turrentine (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Sonny Clark (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1961 Music Amazon’s official review excels itself, so … Continue reading

Jackie Mclean: Jackie’s Scene (1956-7) Esquire

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Selection: Outburst (McLean) . Artists: Album recorded in two sessions over 1956/7, but not released until 1959, on Prestige’s New Jazz label.. December 14, 1956 session: Bill Hardman (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Red Garland (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art … Continue reading

Updated: more rips! Jackie McLean: Right Now! (1965) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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September 7, UPDATE! “Eleven out Ten LJC readers who expressed a preference asked for more comparative rips, to hear for themselves what alternative editions sound like”. Actually, I just made that up, but seeing as how a lot of what … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Hipnosis (1962/67) Blue Note/ UA (1978)

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Further adventures in vintage Blue-Note-on-a-Budget twofer series… with more McLean, great stuff,  and some not so good news for Hubbard fans with the “other” twofer series…read on. Selection 1: Slow Poke Artists: Grachan Moncur III (trombone) Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) Lamont Johnson … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Jacknife (1965-6) Blue Note/ UA

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Leader of the pack of United Artists’ Blue Note “twofer” Reissue series. I started writing this a while back, then it slipped my attention as I went chasing Prestige. In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I might … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: It’s Time! (1964) Blue Note

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Selection 1: It’s Time!   Selection 2: Revillot   It was a very ’60s thing, titles made up of words spelled backwards. This track is quite obvious, Revillot, Tolliver, With others its more subtle, like Llareggub, from Stan Tracey’s Under Milk … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Swing Swang Swingin’ (1959) Blue Note

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Liberty Stereo Cover, but wait – Always Read The Label! Selection: Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin) . “There may be trouble ahead But while there’s moonlight and music And love and romance Let’s face the music and dance” … Continue reading

Jackie Mclean: Live at Monmartre, Copenhagen (1972) Steeplechase

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Selection: Smile Artists Jackie McLean (as) Kenny Drew (p) Bo Stief (b) Alex Riel (d) recorded at “Jazzhus Montmartre”, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 5, 1972 Music Jackie’s discography skips a full four years from 1968 to this recording at the age of 40, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: One Step Beyond (1963) Blue Note

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Selection: Saturday and Sunday (McLean) Artists Grachan Moncur III (trb) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Eddie Khan (b) Anthony Williams (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 30, 1963 Music In the early Sixties a group of … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Jackies Bag (1959/60) Blue Note

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Artists Side 1: Donald Byrd (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Sonny Clark (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 18, 1959 Side 1 selection: Blues Inn (Mclean) Side 2: Blue Mitchell … Continue reading

Jackie McLean Destination… Out! (1963) Blue Note

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Record pictures updated June 8, 2017, updated June 10, 2017. This record deserves better than what I was able to do five years ago. LJC Track Selection 1: Kahlil the Prophet (Mclean) correct track … …” Using a hard bop lyric … Continue reading

The Evil Silver Disk

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Rules are made for breaking, sometimes. For a change I thought I would open up a post dedicated to the evil silver disk, the only way to enjoy some of the greatest jazz ever recorded, that would otherwise fall between the … Continue reading

Art Blakey Ritual! (1957) Pacific Jazz

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Track Selection: Sam’s Tune Artists Bill Hardman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Sam Dockery (p) Spanky DeBrest (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded NYC, January 14 and February 11, 1957 Music: Hard bop – Mclean and Hardiman top of their game. It is Blakey’s album, and features … Continue reading

Jackie McLean “Action” (1964)

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Track Selection: Hootnan Artists Charles Tolliver (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Cecil McBee (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 16, 1964 Music: Recorded in 1964 on the coat tails of some of McLean’s best titles One … Continue reading

Freddie Redd “music from The Connection” (1960)

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Selected Track: “Wigglin’ ” I> BN 4027 Freddie Redd Music from The Connection: Jackie McLean (as) Freddie Redd (p) Mike Mattos (b) Larry Ritchie (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1960 Following an upgrade to an original pressing, … Continue reading

Jackie McLean Quintet int. Bill Hardman “Jackies Pal” (1956)

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Track Selection: “Sweet Doll” > Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman –  Bill Hardman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Mal Waldron (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)  Hackensack, N.J., August 31, 1956 Couldn’t resist posting this UK-Esquire release as … Continue reading

The Connection: Which Twin has the Toni?

Something new, a competition, and you get to decide which version you prefer! The stage is set for Freddie Redd’s Music from “The Connection”, the track, the poignant “Theme for Sister Salvation”

First contender the original New York cast soundtrack on Blue Note, with Jackie McClean (click the arrow below to hear audio player, click on bars to adust volume)

Next up we have the official understudy to Jackie in “The Connection” stage play,  Tina Brooks, in the alternative recording on Felsted Records (Close the flash audio player above by clicking the double-bar on its right, or it will play on top of the next audio sample)

Due to contractual problems Freddie Redd – the composer – performs under the pseudonym “I Ching”, Howard McGhee lead on trumpet, and Tina Brooks takes the honours on saxophone in place of Jackie McClean. Everyone knows the Blue Note 4027 from 1960. very few know the ultra rare Felsted alternative. Despite its poorer audio quality, the Felsted version showcases the extraordinary emotional  drive of Tina Brooks, and Freddie’s triumphant piano solo, which clutches at the heartstrings as it strains at holding the key

I know which I prefer. Any views out there?

Freddie Redd: Flying Economy Class? Upgrade to “Blue Note Class”

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Collectors Corner You probably have a list of records which you would most dearly like to own an original of, the best possible copy. Mine is a half dozen titles long, and whenever I see one come up on eBay, it … Continue reading

Jackie Mclean “New and Old Gospel” (1967)

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  Track Selection:  “Strange as it Seems” (Excerpt) Artists Ornette Coleman (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Lamont Johnson (p) Scott Holt (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 24, 1967 Music The music – a … Continue reading