Capuchin Swing

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
One of Jackie McLean's more underrated albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960's Capuchin Swing finds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While his future fascination with Ornette Coleman's free-form innovations can be sensed in some of the solos here, the majority of the album is in a classic hard bop vein. Like contemporaries Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Lee Morgan, though, McLean doesn't just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing ballads, McLean focuses on mid- to fast-tempo swingers and blues. Standouts include originals like "Francisco" and "Condition ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
One of Jackie McLean's more underrated albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960's Capuchin Swing finds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While his future fascination with Ornette Coleman's free-form innovations can be sensed in some of the solos here, the majority of the album is in a classic hard bop vein. Like contemporaries Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Lee Morgan, though, McLean doesn't just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing ballads, McLean focuses on mid- to fast-tempo swingers and blues. Standouts include originals like "Francisco" and "Condition Blue" and choice renditions of "Just for Now" and "Don't Blame Me." McLean enlists a sparkling lineup of hard bop stars, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. Mitchell particularly impresses, matching many of McLean's own inspired flights with his supple and progressive playing. Along with other fine Blue Note titles like Jackie's Bag and Bluesnik, Capuchin Swing makes for a great introduction to McLean's extensive catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724354003325
  • Catalog Number: 5400332
  • Sales rank: 51,897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Francisco (9:36)
  2. 2 Just for Now (7:34)
  3. 3 Don't Blame Me (4:25)
  4. 4 Condition Blue (8:14)
  5. 5 Capuchin Swing (6:11)
  6. 6 On the Lion (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackie McLean Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Art Taylor Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Technical Credits
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
Gus Skinas Authoring
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Kevin Michael Gray Mastering
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