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4, 5 and 6 [RVG Remaster]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In 1956 Jackie McLean was only beginning to assert himself as a true individualist on the alto saxophone, exploring the lime-flavored microtones of his instrument that purists or the misinformed perceived as being off-key or out of tune. 4, 5 and 6 presents McLean's quartet on half the date, and tunes with an expanded quintet, and one sextet track -- thus the title. Mal Waldron, himself an unconventional pianist willing to explore different sizings and shadings of progressive jazz, is a wonderful complement for McLean's notions, with bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor the impervious team everyone wanted for his rhythm section at the time. The quartet versions...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In 1956 Jackie McLean was only beginning to assert himself as a true individualist on the alto saxophone, exploring the lime-flavored microtones of his instrument that purists or the misinformed perceived as being off-key or out of tune. 4, 5 and 6 presents McLean's quartet on half the date, and tunes with an expanded quintet, and one sextet track -- thus the title. Mal Waldron, himself an unconventional pianist willing to explore different sizings and shadings of progressive jazz, is a wonderful complement for McLean's notions, with bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor the impervious team everyone wanted for his rhythm section at the time. The quartet versions of "Sentimental Journey," "Why Was I Born?," and "When I Fall in Love" range from totally bluesy, to hard bop ribald, to pensive and hopeful, respectively. These are three great examples of McLean attempting to make the tunes his own, adding a flattened, self-effaced, almost grainy-faced texture to the music without concern for the perfectness of the melody. Donald Byrd joins the fray on his easygoing bopper "Contour," where complex is made simple and enjoyable, while Hank Mobley puts his tenor sax to the test on the lone and lengthy sextet track, a rousing version of Charlie Parker's risk-laden "Confirmation." It's Waldron's haunting ballad "Abstraction," with Byrd and McLean's quick replies, faint and dour, that somewhat illuminates the darker side. As a stand-alone recording, 4, 5 and 6 does not break barriers, but does foreshadow the future of McLean as an innovative musician in an all-too-purist mainstream jazz world. [An RVG remastered edition of 4, 5 and 6 was issued in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072301559
  • Catalog Number: 30155
  • Sales rank: 25,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sentimental Journey (9:59)
  2. 2 Why Was I Born? (5:16)
  3. 3 Contour (5:02)
  4. 4 Confirmation (11:25)
  5. 5 When I Fall in Love (5:35)
  6. 6 Abstraction (8:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackie McLean Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Technical Credits
Les Brown Composer
Kenny Drew Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Bud Green Composer
Ben Homer Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Bob Porter Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock Producer, Cover Design
Victor Young Composer
Stuart Kremsky Reissue Production Assistance
Tom Hannan Cover Design
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