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This LP for Prestige helped establish alto sax giant McLean on the jazz scene. He was joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd (who shines with the altoist on Charlie Parker's "Confirmation") and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley (also bopping hard on the tune), in a date solidified by McLean's rhythm section: Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. McLean also plays ballads, including Waldron's sublime tune "Abstraction." Writing in the original notes, Ira Gitler said, "Jackie McLean is musically coming of age. His playing, out of Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, has become a personalized, more individual voice in 1956 and he has not lost any of the basic emotion, swinging qualities that help his style live up to the second syllable of his last name so well."
During his avant-garde period in the early 60s McLean dismissed his earlier recordings, but whatever impossible standards he was setting for himself, his playing on them still sounds fresh, creative, and inspired... The only way McLean's bright, biting sound was ever heard to better advantage was live.
- 180g Vinyl
- Cut from the Analogue Masters by Kevin Gray
- Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
- Deluxe High-Gloss Tip-On Album Jacket
|Jackie McLean||alto sax|
|Donald Byrd||trumpet (3, 4, 6)|
|Hank Mobley||tenor sax (4)|
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