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

Read "Two Different Fates - Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks (1960 - 1963)" reviewed by Russell Perry

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 ...

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Worktime, One Step Beyond and Questions

Read "Worktime, One Step Beyond and Questions" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Charenee Wade starts us off offering wisdom, followed by questions posed by Jimmy Raney, Danny Grissett, Kenny Werner, John Ellis & Tal Farlow. Then, a major Sonny Rollins celebration with tracks from his monumental Worktime recording. We've also got a Jazz Times 'Top 50 of all time' alto sax session from Jackie McLean. More? Of course: Cassandra Wilson & The Fat Babies (doing Hoagy Carmichael), Brad Mehldau, J.J. Johnson & Ferenc Snétberger. Do enjoy the show! Thanks to ...

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Jackie McLean: New Soil

Read "New Soil" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Jackie McLean's New Soil, is not the most acclaimed album in the classic Blue Note catalogue, but this 1959 release deserves more attention that it gets, being supremely well-played, well-written and--within the limitations of its time--well-recorded. This vinyl reissue, remastered from the original tapes by the good folks at Acous-Tech, is part of a series of albums--fifty titles in all, so far--that includes some of the most well-known Blue Note recordings from the 1950s and '60s, and may well represent ...

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Jackie McLean: 4, 5 and 6 (RVG) & New Wine in Old Bottles

Read "Jackie McLean: 4, 5 and 6 (RVG) & New Wine in Old Bottles" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Jackie McLean 4, 5 and 6 (RVG) Prestige-Concord 2007 Jackie McLean New Wine In Old Bottles East Wind-Test of Time 2007

Although the late Jackie McLean might be best remembered for his more adventurous, improv-based recordings such as Destination Out!, Right Now!, Vertigo, etc., he made a major mark in the ...

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Jackie McLean: 4, 5 and 6

Read "4, 5 and 6" reviewed by James Taylor

Not to discredit the ability, output or creative drive of any musician who has contributed to the pantheon of documented jazz in the past fifty years, but there are definitely tiers of jazz players, at least with regards to who receives credit and recognition in the eyes of the lay jazz fan. Your first tier is your Miles Davis', John Coltrane's and Thelonious Monk's (the sort of guys who go by one name only, if you will). If you're new ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jackie McLean: 4, 5 & 6

Read "4, 5 & 6" reviewed by John Barron

When you listen to Jackie McLean on 4, 5 & 6, his third releae as a leader, you hear a young, passionate, hungry artist in search of a musical identity. The influence of Charlie Parker on his sound is obvious. The seemingly indelible marks left by Bird are present throughout all of McLean's '50s sessions for Prestige.

4, 5, & 6 is a strong outing for the legendary alto saxophonist and his swinging rhythm section of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jackie McLean: Demon's Dance

Read "Demon's Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Sometimes a work of art is best known because it ends a period in its creator's career. If, in addition to its historic importance, it has immense artistic value, then it becomes a masterpiece. Such is the case of Demon's Dance, the last recording from Jackie McLean's Blue Note period, during which he discovered his unique voice both as a composer and as a performer over the span of 21 albums.

The essence of all those records is distilled and ...


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