'Bout Soul

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
'Bout Soul does not mean the same thing as soul-jazz, as the opening track "Soul" makes abundantly clear. Written by Grachan Moncur III and poet Barbara Simmons, "Soul" is a tonally free tone-poem that features Simmons' spoken recital. It's about what the concept of soul is, not what soul music is, and that should not come as a surprise to anyone acquainted with Jackie McLean's work. Even as his Blue Note contemporaries were working commercial soul-jazz grooves, McLean pushed the borders of jazz, embracing the avant-garde and free jazz. 'Bout Soul is one of his most explicit free albums, finding the alto saxophonist pushing a quintet -- trumpeter Woody Shaw who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
'Bout Soul does not mean the same thing as soul-jazz, as the opening track "Soul" makes abundantly clear. Written by Grachan Moncur III and poet Barbara Simmons, "Soul" is a tonally free tone-poem that features Simmons' spoken recital. It's about what the concept of soul is, not what soul music is, and that should not come as a surprise to anyone acquainted with Jackie McLean's work. Even as his Blue Note contemporaries were working commercial soul-jazz grooves, McLean pushed the borders of jazz, embracing the avant-garde and free jazz. 'Bout Soul is one of his most explicit free albums, finding the alto saxophonist pushing a quintet -- trumpeter Woody Shaw who sits out "Dear Nick, Dear John", pianist Lamont Johnson, bassist Scotty Holt, drummer Rashied Ali -- into uncompromising, tonally free territory. This is intensely cerebral music that is nevertheless played with a fiery passion. Although the music was all composed, it is played as if it was invented on the spot. Fans of McLean's straight-ahead hard bop, or even of his adventurous mid-'60s sessions, might find this a little off-putting at first, but 'Bout Soul rewards close listening. It is one of McLean's finest modern contemporary sessions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Blue Note Japan
  • EAN: 4988006735538
  • Catalog Number: 4284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul - Barbara Simmons (10:15)
  2. 2 Conversion Point (9:45)
  3. 3 Big Ben's Voice (10:06)
  4. 4 Dear Nick, Dear John (4:53)
  5. 5 Erdu (5:54)
  6. 6 Big Ben's Voice (9:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackie McLean Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Rashied Ali Drums
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Grachan Moncur III Trombone
LaMont Johnson Piano
Scott Holt Bass
Barbara Simmons Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Scott Holt Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Francis Wolff Producer
Patrick Roques Contributor, Package Redesign
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