Mastered By Kevin Gray From Original Mono Master Tapes!
Analogue Productions releases 25 of the most collectible, rarest jazz titles ever in their Prestige Mono Series on Hybrid Mono SACD.
These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing an authentic, "old school" look and feel: also referred to as "mini LP" jackets.
This album 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 Parkers Confirmation) and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley (also bopping hard on the tune), in a date solidified by McLeans rhythm section: Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. McLean also plays ballads, including Waldrons 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.
"Jackie, like Hank, could tenderly massage a ballad with the best of the alto sax balladeers... Once again, Kevin Gray receives kudos for his SACD mastering, that like Mobleys issue, has a polish and panache that shows the listener how well mixed mono can shine and compete admirably with stereo for listening pleasure. The rhythm section is not overshadowed by the horns, and piano, bass, and drums are fully front and center, never distant in the mix. To hear these jazz legends early in their respective careers, blowing with such assurance, is a real treat. 4, 5, and 6 comes highly recommended." - Jeff Krow, audaud.com, 4 Stars!
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Originally released in 1956
Super Audio CD
SACD Mono SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes
Mini "old style" gatefold jacket, aka Mini LP jacket
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Mal Waldron, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
Art Taylor, drums
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone
1. Sentimental Journey
2. Why Was I Born?
5. When I Fall In Love