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After not doing nearly enough recording in the 1980s, Jackie McLean has been quite active in the 1990sfirst on Triloka, then Antilles and now Blue Note with the excellent Fire & Love. The Macband is a hard-driving septet that unites the bracing and distinctive altoist with his tenor-playing son Rene McLean, trumpeter Raymond Williams, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Alan Jay Palmer, bassist Phil Bowler and drummer Eric McPherson. McLean has been playing better than ever in the 1990s, and anyone wanting proof need only listen to "Entrapent," "Mr. E," "Griot" and other gems. This aggressive post-bop music isn't unlike McLean's Blue Note recordings of the 1960sin fact, anyone who savored the joys of Jackie's Bag, Demon's Dance or Right Now will find a lot to admire about this invigorating hard bop/post-bop CD. Highly recommended.