Hank Mobley: High Voltage (1967) Liberty

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Selection: Two and One (Mobley) … Selection 2: Bossa Deluxe (Mobley) … Artists Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Jackie McLean (alto sax) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) John Hicks (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who’s counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie … 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

Winter Sun! Five nights in Tunisia!

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Here’s the idea, hope you like it. Often, posts have been about this record or that artist or that label. But if we dice and slice things differently, hold the tune fixed, vary the players, instruments and timeframe, crystallise the different approach of different artists, and different fluency … Continue reading

Miles Davis: Dig / Diggin’ (1951) Esquire/Prestige

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All this attention given to Prestige covers, it is time to “dig in” to some of the music inside those covers. We take a closer look at what is inside 7012 Miles Davis Dig, but with a few “LJC twists … 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

New Wine, Old Bottles: Jackie Mclean (1960) vs Jackie Mclean (1978)

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Selection: Appointment in Ghana (recorded 1978) Artists Jackie McLean (as) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d)  Hank Jones (p) Recorded April 6 & 7, 1978 at Sounds Ideas Studios, NYC, recording engineer David Baker Original: Appointment in Ghana (recorded 1959)  BLP 4051 … 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

Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) Atlantic

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Selection: Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus) Note: a little light crackle in background of quiet passages According to Mingus’ liner notes (quoted by Wiki) the title song is a ten-minute four-chapter  tone poem, depicting the rise of man from his hominid roots Upright Ape-Man to … 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

Blue Note: that Deep Groove

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Most Blue Note pressings made during the 1950s exhibit a deep groove on both sides of the label central area. After around 1960, new pressing dies which left no deep groove were introduced into the manufacturing process, and original first pressings thereafter have no deep groove on either … Continue reading

Kenny Dorham: Matador (1962) UA re.

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Track Selection: El Matador Artists Kenny Dorham (tp) Jackie McLean (as) Bobby Timmons (p) Teddy Smith (b) J.C. Moses (d) recorded at Sound Makers, NYC, April 15, 1962 Vinyl: UAS 5631 Second issue by United Artists from 1972, originally released on the … 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

Hank Mobley “Mobley’s Message” (1956)

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Track Selection: Au Privave (Charlie Parker) guest Jackie McLean Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Jackie McLean (as) on “Au Privave”,  Hank Mobley (ts) Barry Harris (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 20, 1956 … Continue reading

Art Farmer Donald Byrd “Two Trumpets” (1956)

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Track Selection: The Third (7:27) Artists Donald Byrd (tp) Art Farmer (tp, flh) Jackie McLean (as) Barry Harris (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Taylor (d)  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 3, 1956 Music PRLP 7062 as its better known … 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