Considered one of his strongest Blue Note outings, Capuchin Swing basically forced McLean to bring in some heavyweights to help define and deliver his vision. First and foremost was Blue Mitchells forceful trumpet, chosen to counterpoint the leaders alto, that was in a feisty mood of its own throughout the sessions. Having Walter Bishop, Jr. on piano, Paul Chambers bass and Art Taylor banging skins frees the leaders mind of worry rhythm-wise, allowing him and Mitchell to co-explore new heights of interplay. The intensity on McLean originals such as Francisco, Condition Blue and the title tune are both riveting and sometimes draining, while Bishop contributes both Just For Now plus another dedication to the label founder, On The Lion.
Newly-remastered for vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
Re-mastered & reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary campaign
Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note Titles
First run pressings to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package
Jackie McLean, alto saxophone
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Walter Bishop, Jr., piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Art Taylor, drums
2. Just For Now
3. Don't Blame Me
4. Condition Blue
5. Capuchin Swing
6. On The Lion