Two Different Fates - Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks (1960 - 1963)

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Fate could not have treated Blue Note saxophonists Tina Brooks and Jackie McLean more differently. While McLean released nine LPs for Prestige and two dozen for Blue Note between 1956 and 1967, only one of Tina Brooks' four Blue Note sessions was released in his lifetime. Yet their collaborations on McLean's Jackie's Bag and the unreleased Brooks session Back to the Tracks, are among the highlights of the hard bop era. McLean went on to the record a series of avant-garde leaning hard bop sessions with trombonist Grachan Moncur III in 1963. Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean and Grachan Moncur III in this hour of Jazz at 100.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Freddie Redd Quartet "Who Killed Cock Robin?" from Music from the Connection (Blue Note) 2:28
  • Host speaks 7:46
  • Tina Brooks Quintet "Theme for Doris" from True Blue (Blue Note) 9:36
  • Host speaks 15:19
  • Jackie McLean -Tina Brooks Sextet "Street Singer" from Back to the Tracks (Blue Note) 17:55
  • Host speaks 28:09
  • Jackie McLean Quartet "I'll Keep Loving You" from Let Freedom Ring (Blue Note) 29:30
  • Host speaks 35:43
  • Jackie McLean—Grachan Moncur III Quintet "Love and Hate" from Destination Out! (Blue Note) 38:20
  • Host speaks 46:40
  • Jackie McLean—Grachan Moncur III Sextet "Monk in Wonderland" from Evolution (Blue Note) 48:50
  • Host Outro 56:40

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