TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
Incredible Jazz Records + the original analog master tapes + cut at 45 RPM + mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech + pressed on two 180-gram virgin vinyl LPs by RTI = THE ULTIMATE LP REISSUE!
"A Perfect 10" Highly Recommended Blue Note vinyl from Wayne Garcia of The Absolute Sound!
The same formula that made the Fantasy 45 Series perhaps the most successful audiophile reissue collection ever is now being reapplied to Blue Note reissues!
In terms of composition, leadership and playing, this is probably Jackie McLeans greatest album, culled from two different sessions, separated by 20 months.
"The sound is open and holographic; drums and bass are very well captured, and the horns balance sweetness and bite." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009
"...the album boasts open and holographic sound; drums and bass are very well captured, and the horns have the right balance between sweetness and bite." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, November 2015
Numbered & Limited to 2500 copies
Original analog master tapes
Two 180g Virgin Vinyl LPs
Mastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
Pressed by RTI
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Paul Chambers, bass
Donald Byrd, trumpet (1-3)
Sonny Clark, piano (1-3)
Philly Joe Jones, drums (1-3)
Blue Mitchell, trumpet (4-6)
Tina Brooks, tenor sax (4-6)
Kenny Drew, piano (4-6)
Art Taylor, drums (4-6)
2. Blues Inn
4. Appointment In Ghana
5. A Ballad For Doll
6. Isle Of Java
Tracks 1-3 recorded on January 18, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.