JACKIE MCLEAN

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John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean (May 17, 1931 – March 31, 2006; some sources give 1932 as his year of birth) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and educator, born in New York City. His father, John Sr., who died in 1939, played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra. After his father's death, his musical education was continued by his godfather, by his stepfather, who owned a record store, and by several noted teachers. He also received informal tutoring from neighbours Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker. During high school he played in a band with Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Andy Kirk, Jr. (the tenor saxophonist son of Andy Kirk).

He recorded with Miles Davis, on Davis' Dig album, when he was 19 years old. Rollins played on the same album. As a young man McLean also recorded with Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus, George Wallington, and as a member of
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JACKIE MCLEAN Presenting... Jackie McLean (aka The Jackie McLean Quintet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Presenting... Jackie McLean (aka The Jackie McLean Quintet)
Hard Bop 1955
JACKIE MCLEAN 4, 5 and 6 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
4, 5 and 6
Hard Bop 1956
JACKIE MCLEAN Lights Out! album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Lights Out!
Hard Bop 1956
JACKIE MCLEAN Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman ‎: Jackie's Pal (aka Steeplechase) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman ‎: Jackie's Pal (aka Steeplechase)
Hard Bop 1956
JACKIE MCLEAN Jackie McLean & Co. album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Jackie McLean & Co.
Post Bop 1957
JACKIE MCLEAN Alto Madness (with John Jenkins) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alto Madness (with John Jenkins)
Post Bop 1957
JACKIE MCLEAN McLean's Scene album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
McLean's Scene
Hard Bop 1958
JACKIE MCLEAN Fat Jazz album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Fat Jazz
Hard Bop 1958
JACKIE MCLEAN New Soil album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
New Soil
Hard Bop 1959
JACKIE MCLEAN Swing Swang Swingin' album cover 4.39 | 4 ratings
Swing Swang Swingin'
Hard Bop 1959
JACKIE MCLEAN Capuchin Swing album cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
Capuchin Swing
Hard Bop 1960
JACKIE MCLEAN Makin' the Changes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Makin' the Changes
Hard Bop 1960
JACKIE MCLEAN Jackie's Bag album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Jackie's Bag
Hard Bop 1960
JACKIE MCLEAN Bluesnik album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Bluesnik
Hard Bop 1961
JACKIE MCLEAN A Fickle Sonance album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
A Fickle Sonance
Hard Bop 1961
JACKIE MCLEAN A Long Drink of the Blues album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
A Long Drink of the Blues
Hard Bop 1961
JACKIE MCLEAN One Step Beyond album cover 4.31 | 8 ratings
One Step Beyond
Hard Bop 1963
JACKIE MCLEAN ''Let Freedom Ring'' album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
''Let Freedom Ring''
Hard Bop 1963
JACKIE MCLEAN Destination... Out! album cover 4.36 | 12 ratings
Destination... Out!
Hard Bop 1964
JACKIE MCLEAN It's Time! album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
It's Time!
Hard Bop 1965
JACKIE MCLEAN Right Now! album cover 4.80 | 8 ratings
Right Now!
Hard Bop 1966
JACKIE MCLEAN Action album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Action
Hard Bop 1967
JACKIE MCLEAN Strange Blues album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Strange Blues
Post Bop 1967
JACKIE MCLEAN New and Old Gospel album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
New and Old Gospel
Post Bop 1967
JACKIE MCLEAN 'Bout Soul album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
'Bout Soul
Post Bop 1968
JACKIE MCLEAN Demon's Dance album cover 3.68 | 5 ratings
Demon's Dance
Post Bop 1970
JACKIE MCLEAN Ode To Super (Featuring Gary Bartz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ode To Super (Featuring Gary Bartz)
Post Bop 1973
JACKIE MCLEAN Antiquity (with Michael Carvin) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Antiquity (with Michael Carvin)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
JACKIE MCLEAN Jacknife album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Jacknife
Hard Bop 1975
JACKIE MCLEAN Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood ‎: New York Calling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood ‎: New York Calling
Post Bop 1975
JACKIE MCLEAN The Jackie McLean Quintet (Blue Note) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jackie McLean Quintet (Blue Note)
Hard Bop 1977
JACKIE MCLEAN Hipnosis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hipnosis
Hard Bop 1978
JACKIE MCLEAN New Wine In Old Bottles album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
New Wine In Old Bottles
Post Bop 1978
JACKIE MCLEAN Tippin' The Scales album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tippin' The Scales
Post Bop 1979
JACKIE MCLEAN Monuments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monuments
Soul Jazz 1979
JACKIE MCLEAN Consequence album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Consequence
Hard Bop 1979
JACKIE MCLEAN Vertigo album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Vertigo
Hard Bop 1980
JACKIE MCLEAN Street Singers (with Tina Brooks) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Street Singers (with Tina Brooks)
Hard Bop 1980
JACKIE MCLEAN Dynasty album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dynasty
Post Bop 1990
JACKIE MCLEAN Rites Of Passage (Featuring René McLean) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rites Of Passage (Featuring René McLean)
Post Bop 1991
JACKIE MCLEAN Rhythm Of The Earth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhythm Of The Earth
Post Bop 1992
JACKIE MCLEAN Jackie McLean meets Junko Onishi : Hat Trick album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jackie McLean meets Junko Onishi : Hat Trick
Hard Bop 1996
JACKIE MCLEAN Fire & Love album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Fire & Love
Post Bop 1997
JACKIE MCLEAN Nature Boy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nature Boy
Post Bop 1999

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JACKIE MCLEAN live albums

JACKIE MCLEAN Live At Montmartre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Montmartre
Post Bop 1972
JACKIE MCLEAN A Ghetto Lullaby album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
A Ghetto Lullaby
Post Bop 1974
JACKIE MCLEAN The Meeting Vol.1 (Featuring Dexter Gordon) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Meeting Vol.1 (Featuring Dexter Gordon)
Post Bop 1974
JACKIE MCLEAN The Source Vol.2 (feat. Dexter Gordon) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Source Vol.2 (feat. Dexter Gordon)
Post Bop 1974
JACKIE MCLEAN Dr. Jackle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dr. Jackle
Hard Bop 1979
JACKIE MCLEAN Tune Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tune Up
Post Bop 1987
JACKIE MCLEAN The Jackie Mac Attack - Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jackie Mac Attack - Live
Post Bop 1993
JACKIE MCLEAN Montreal '88 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Montreal '88
Post Bop 2018

JACKIE MCLEAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JACKIE MCLEAN re-issues & compilations

JACKIE MCLEAN Tribute To Charlie Parker : New York Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute To Charlie Parker : New York Session
Hard Bop 1967
JACKIE MCLEAN The Complete Blue Note 1964-66 Jackie McLean Sessions album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Complete Blue Note 1964-66 Jackie McLean Sessions
Post Bop 1993
JACKIE MCLEAN The Complete Albums Collection 1955-1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Albums Collection 1955-1958
Hard Bop 2017

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JACKIE MCLEAN Right Now!

Album · 1966 · Hard Bop
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For twenty one months between August 1964 and April 1966 Jackie McLean recorded eight different sessions as leader at Blue Note and that is not counting another four with Lee Morgan in this time span. This one which produced the album "Right Now" was recorded January 1965 and for me is one of his best when Jackie McLean had changed his approach to Jazz and although he started with BeBop and a complete adoration for Charlie Parker who was his major influence, Jackie soon embraced the more stretched out form Hard Bop within in his own development and still always that foundation could be heard from his Bird days. Change would always be something that Jackie McLean embraced throughout his entire musical existence and by this time in 1965, Jackie was literally out there with 'Action" being his previous album but previous to that one he had done "One Step Beyond", "Destination Out" and "Let Freedom Ring" all that were firmly placed in that time as new Jazz with modal and avante garde structures all contained within these albums. The one constant though for Jackie McLean is he never forgot his early days with Charlie Parker and that is a grasp on the melody no matter how far out you can always hear Bird's ghost. Jackie had a great up front in your face tone, yes he played hard with no airy fairy breathy pieces, his horn was blasting with a great hard tone and of course it always flowed just beautifully.

The band are all young and right into the new change in Jazz that was happening at this albums time as Jackie often picked young musicians who he thought had a much better grasp on what he wanted his albums to sound like. With this one which is just a quartet we have Larry Willis on piano who had not long graduated from music school with very little professional experience as he had only been playing with Hugh Masekela and had been gigging in Jackie's band around New York. Bob Cranshaw is on bass and how many albums has that man strummed on but already at this time five years after his recording debut, he has recorded with Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Grant Green just to name three and these were the albums that today are considered Jazz masterpieces being "The Bridge", "The Sidewinder" and "Idle Moments" with this one being just another. Clifford Jarvis is another fairly new man on the scene and his experience has been with Sun Ra predominately but also the odd session with Freddie Hubbard as well. One of the reasons Jackie picked young bands was because it was them who were actually playing this form of Jazz and another reason may have been that they were more open to new ideas which Jackie McLean was in pursuit of himself.

Jackie leads in with a quick statement of the theme for the first composition and follows with a wonderful frantic solo on this up tempo number but with all those loopy chord changes that Jackie inserts it is always the Bop that comes through his alto saxophone with lightning changes and although it would be termed as Post Bop he still is injecting his Bop roots and plays as such on the albums opening number "Eco" with a great flowing piano solo from Larry Willis to follow. "Poor Eric" which is a tribute to Eric Dolphy and written by Larry Willis is almost the opposite to the first with its slow time and melancholy introspection that Jackie plays with beautiful slow placing of each note that he emits and yet although seemingly unnoticable in places he quickly inserts the odd quick loop and to follow with what could be described as graceful is the piano solo from Larry Willis on this wonderful atmospheric number. Jackie McLean always played with a firm approach with each note always clear and at times described as abrasive but he could play a slow number or ballad as good as anyone with that precise feel required as "Poor Eric" had to have but the up tempo drive is back with all of Jackie's quick flowing changes which is another Larry Willis composition being "Christel's Tune" and as such with the previous number there is a 10 minute length giving ample room for some great stretching out for the musicians but it is Jackie who gets the lions share with Larry Willis on piano providing another solo after Jackie with Clifford Jarvis on drums and although the pattern does not change a lot for the band in which these compositions were arranged the album is far from repetitive as each tune has its own distinct sound. The title track "Right Now" is the album closer and written by the trumpeter Charles Tolliver who actually was a sideman in Jackie's previous release "Action" but not so here. One of the best compositions for me on the album and although it starts with a quite a loopy intro from Jackie's alto saxophone it is Blues in the Hard Bop manner that sufaces in this lengthy composition during Jackie's solo and that is precisely where the charm always laid with Jackie McLean he could head right out there but he still kept one foot always on the melody and you would think that this almost Avante interpretation that Jackie plays with his solo is far from it but those Bop lines just keep jumping in throughout on this contrasting composition with its Bop insertions.Great stuff and the added bonus is the alt take which is included on the cd release is a tad longer and just as good as the original of "Right Now" even if Jackie's solo does seem a little looser at times and he really screeches it out in places on this great alternate version.

Within all these sessions that Jackie McLean recorded these albums with Blue Note there were two that were never released at the time with "JackKnife" being one which has since been released in 1975 as a double album and 2004 on cd but there is another that has only sufaced on Mosaic and that is the the album "High Frequency" which was recorded in April 1966. If you are a fan one wonders if there is a reason but whatever I still would like to see the session released from this interesting time in Jackie McLeans career. As for this album "Right Now" it is essential Jazz from one of the best exponents on Alto Saxophone you could wish to hear. Full stop.

JACKIE MCLEAN Demon's Dance

Album · 1970 · Post Bop
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Abraxas
Jackie McLean was a well-known hard bop alto saxophonist among jazz musicians through the late 50s; however I've always found his 60s post-bop material to be more exciting, featuring many great jazz players such as Hancock, Hutcherson, Moncur III, Morgan, et al.

It's in the case of Demon's Dance, released in 1967, where trumpet virtuoso, Woody Shaw, and the relentless drummer, Jack DeJohnette appear. Accompanied by the lesser known LaMont Johnson on piano, assimilating the McCoy Tyner style which is utterly fantastic, and Scott Holt on bass.

In almost all cases where Shaw participated, he leaves his trademark, both in his unique playing and compositions. Here we have two of his compositions, 'Boo Ann's Grand' and 'Sweet Love of Mine', both clearly post-bop pieces which resemble the 60-63 period of John Coltrane; great soloing from Jackie and Woody, and outstanding performance of DeJohnette.

The title track and 'Floogeh' are also post-bop pieces with the hard bop roots of Jackie heard clearer than in the Shaw pieces. The other two compositions are from trumpeter Cal Massey, 'Toyland' a nice ballad showing Jackie's emotional side, while 'Message from Trane' finishes the album with more quality post-bop, although probably the least memorable of the bunch.

Demon's Dance is definitely another solid and highly enjoyable album from McLean, although Jackie plays it safe without any innovations or more adventurous compositions like many contemporary post-bop records to this, or even compared to his own releases. Anyway with the addition of a Klarwein cover art, although rather creepy in this case and may mislead jazz purists, what else would you want?

Fans of Coltrane, Shorter and the like, shouldn't hesitate in getting this if you're in the need of yet another minor jazz gem.

JACKIE MCLEAN Swing Swang Swingin'

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Matt
Jackie McLean had one major influence being Charlie Parker which this album,"Swing Swang Swingin'' will only will reinforce with some of the best alto saxophone playing recorded. Maybe it was the night or one of those bio- rythmn things but whatever Jackie was right on the mark with this recording. He just rips through them with great style and wonderful blowing. One has to remember he still has a long way to go in jazz at this stage in his career and Bop was his main stay and staple for this period in time. Pure swing is what the band has obtained when they recorded this session back in October 1959 with a mix of tunes being standards and show tunes and also one Jackie composition which is the album closer,"116th and Lenox". One great point for the album is the Quartet set up for the band which gives Jackie plenty of space to solo and if like me you are a big fan of his alto playing this a total musical delight. The band comprises Jackie McLean on alto saxophone with Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Jimmy Garrison, bass and he is young here with still another three years before joining John Coltrane and the ever reliable Art Taylor is on drums who had been playing with John Coltrane for two years already. Walter Bishop Jr who is the pianist has played with them all including Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and the list goes on but it is no suprise because Walter could play Hard Bop with the best but at this time he had been in inactive for several years and had only recently returned to playing jazz but you would never guess.

Big and bold is the sound emanating for Jackie's alto for the whole album and with the opening bar of "Whats New" that is Jackie's sound which he does not veer from for the albums duration with Walter on piano an absolute delight with his solos that just compliment Jackie's playing."Lets Face The Music and Dance" is bopped right up from its original form with swing and drive and Jackie really hits the heights with a solo that just rips through the tune with Walter following using the same approach on this up tempo version. The rythmn section of Jimmy and Art are superb throughout and provide a rock solid founation for Jackie and Walter to play on as with the next to follow "Stablemates". "I Remember You" the Mercer tune is given the same treatment as every composition is, with great swing and some of the best solos from Jackie as he just keeps them quickly moving and yes like Charlie Parker always lands right back on the spot with his finish. The Jackie composition "116th And Lenox" fits perfectly with all the others containing that up tempo approach that every tune was given in this album with some great quick play and wonderful changes that Jackie and the band brought to every tune recorded during this session.

Alfred Lion wrote the title for the album for the session, as after he said,"They came swung and they split". Swung,swinged or swanged it does all for you this little album that Jackie McLean and the band recorded and it was one of those nights where everything just seems to flow right and everybody is in top form. This is one of those little nuggets that keeps bringing you back for another play and always a delight to hear.

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