Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series!
180g Vinyl LP!
Mastered by Kevin Gray from Original Analog Tapes!
Pressed at Optimal!
Though he first appeared on Herbie Hancock's 1963 album My Point of View, trombonist Grachan Moncur III's first true Blue Note introduction would come on two albums by saxophonist Jackie McLean that were recorded later that year: One Step Beyond and Destination... Out! These two great inside-out sessions presented a spacious new sound that moved fluidly between avant-garde and post-bop territory with McLean featuring Moncur's singular compositions. Several months later Moncur returned to Van Gelder Studio to record his own remarkable debut album, Evolution, which remains a marvel of the Blue Note catalog. For the date, the trombonist assembled an exceptional ensemble that returned several musicians including McLean, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and drummer Tony Williams, with the addition of Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The band delivers dynamic performances of four expansive original pieces by Moncur: "Air Raid," "Evolution," "The Coaster," and "Monk in Wonderland."
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
...a greatly underappreciated composer of tremendous evocative power...The four originals are all extended, multi-sectioned works...all quite ambitious, and all terrifically moody; much of the album sounds sinister and foreboding, and even the brighter material has a twisted, surreal fun-house undercurrent. Part of that is due to the accuracy with which the musicians interpret Moncur's vision. Hutcherson provides his trademark floating chordal accompaniment, which is crucial to the overall texture; what's more, the album features some of McLean's weirdest playing ever, and some of Morgan's most impressively advanced, as he makes the most of a situation he longed to be in more often....an inventive debut...
- Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
- 180g Vinyl LP
- All-Analog Pressing
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Analog Tapes
- Manufactured at Optimal in Germany
|Grachan Moncur III||trombone|
|Jackie McLean||alto sax|
- Air Raid
- The Coaster
- Monk in Wonderland