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.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.