13 July, 2011

Jackie McLean - McLean's Scene (1956)

Jackie McLean - McLean's Scene (1956)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 220MB
Altoist Jackie McLean tends to downgrade his Prestige recordings due to the low pay, the little prior preparation and the jam session feel of the music. Although all of the above is true, the music (while not on a par with his Blue Notes of the 1960s) is still pretty worthy, particularly when compared to the output of his contemporaries. McLean never really copied Charlie Parker and was one of the first in his generation to develop his own sound. Three of the six selections on this CD reissue (a pair of standards and a blues) feature McLean with trumpeter Bill Hardman, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor. The remainder of the set is from a marathon quartet set with pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Arthur Phipps and drummer Taylor that would result in material that was used as part of five separate albums. McLean is in lyrical form on "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Old Folks" while playing with great intensity on his accurately-titled original "Outburst."

-1. "Gone With the Wind" - Magidson, Wrubel - 7:28
-2. "Love Is Here to Stay" - Gershwin, Gershwin - 4:19
-3. "Mean to Me" - Ahlert, Turk - 8:46
-4. "Mclean's Scene" - McLean - 10:18
-5. "Old Folks" - Hill, Robison - 4:53
-6. "Outburst" - McLean - 4:33
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on December 14, 1956 and February 15, 1957. Originally released on New Jazz (8212). Includes liner notes by Jack Maher.

*Jackie McLean (alto saxophone);
*Bill Hardman (trumpet);
*Mal Waldron, Red Garland (piano);
*Paul Chambers, Arthur Phipps (bass);
*Art Taylor (drums).


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