Best of Jackie McLean

Best of Jackie McLean

by Jackie McLean
     
 

This is early Jackie McLean, caught in a brief period of time where he was still laboring under the all-pervasive influence of Charlie Parker and (incidentally-pervasive handicap) of heroin. As such, although McLean's output was prolific under the benign watch of Bob Weinstock at Prestige, the pickings of genuinely memorable music areSee more details below

Overview

This is early Jackie McLean, caught in a brief period of time where he was still laboring under the all-pervasive influence of Charlie Parker and (incidentally-pervasive handicap) of heroin. As such, although McLean's output was prolific under the benign watch of Bob Weinstock at Prestige, the pickings of genuinely memorable music are rather slim. Indeed, McLean himself is said to have disparaged his Prestige period -- and even in this "Best Of" situation, what we hear are hit-or-miss, thrown-together, conventional blowing sessions. "Strange Blues" is just a straight-ahead jam on the blues, albeit with some shifts in the rhythm to keep everyone alert. The ballads are often rather routine, even slovenly in preparation ("Mirage") in spots. Neither McLean nor his sparring partner, altoist John Jenkins, are in particularly inspired form in their nearly 12-minute encounter "Alto Madness" -- both relying heavily upon Parker for sustenance. "Sentimental Journey" is better than most, more interesting in its invention, and "Lights Out" -- said to have been recorded literally in the dark -- does have an appealingly boozy ambience in its wandering. It's important to remember that this music was recorded well before McLean matured into a unique stylist, so at best, it's a supplement to his later recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218350921
catalogNumber:
5709

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie McLean   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
John Jenkins   Alto Saxophone
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Louis Hayes   Drums
Elmo Hope   Piano
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Mal Waldron   Piano
Doug Watkins   Bass
Webster Young   Trumpet
Wade Legge   Piano
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Gil Coggins   Piano
Arthur Phipps   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Brown   Composer
Mal Waldron   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Bud Green   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Jackie McLean   Composer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Carlo Wolff   Liner Notes

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