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Jackie Mclean & Company [Import]

Jackie McLean Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flickers
2. Help
3. Minor Dream
4. Beau Jack
5. Mirage

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie's Pal, Mal 7 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With very few exceptions, there is little in Jackie McLean's output that isn't worth hearing (only one track springs to mind - the throw-away take of "A Long Drink of the Blues"). This album is worth every penny for several reasons. Jackie McLean's playing, despite his reservations about his years with the Prestige label, is foremost among them.

What is really special about this is the sidemen. Ray Draper, in his mid-teens at the time of the recording, was a fantastic tuba player and had a rare ability to make the unwieldy instrument sound fluid. Doug Watkins was a beautiful bass player (check out also his own album 'Souklnik' where he focuses on cello). Art Taylor was one of the most fearsome drummers of the time and highly under-rated. It is unfortunate that he carried so few opportunities to lead himself because he was in top form at the time and his playing could shape and mould even the weakest soloist to create a thing of beauty. Bill Hardman was another 'nearly-man' in jazz - again, too few opportunities to record has meant that his ability to influence has been overhsadowed by more inferior players.

The real gem here, however, is Mal Waldron. Although Hardman was "Jackie's Pal" on the album of that name, the appearance of Waldron (also featured on a number of other McLean recordings of the period) that makes this album. As a pianist he explored the rhythmic possibilities thrown up by Monk while still finding room for the horn-like phrasing of the like of Bud Powell. His playing in support of the other soloists casts a long shadow maintaining a melancholy - but not sombre - mood throughout. It is as a composer that he flourishes here. Although there are only two of his pieces on this album - Flickers and Mirage - they stand out as real gems. Flickers especially with is film-noir atmosphere. It is a shame that Waldron had only a couple of chances to composer for the cinema.

This is a real quality album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a new voice in jazz 13 Sep 2001
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jackie McLean will be 70 next year.He's still alive,although he had several troubles with drugs for years; still alive and playing,beeing with Frank Morgan,Donald Byrd,Freddie Hubbard and some others a survivor of the hard bop era.During the sixties, he recorded for Blue Note some of the greatest treasuries of this label ("right now","let freedom ring","destination out").This record shows McLean in great company : Bill Hardman on trumpet,Mal Waldron on piano,Doug Watkins on bass,Art Taylor on drums and Ray Draper on tuba.As always, McLean's playing is outstanding,as you can listen to,for example, at the beginning of "Help".The blues is here,everywhere in this session.Bill Hardman,an underrated player who worked with Art Blakey and Junior Cook,and who ended his life in the Belleville quarter of Paris,France,in 1993,plays with great taste.Bill was a small,gentle man,who came to Paris I think at the end of the eighties.He lived here,with his wife and his lovely little daughter,until his untimely death at 59 or 60.I happened to know him shortly before his death,and I remember him having troubles using the subway in Paris and saying "I'll never find my way around this f..... place !".Bill has often been associated to McLean,and they both played with Art Blakey;this music,mostly hanging around the blues,with minor-keyed tunes,is a real delight for all hard bop lovers.Ray Draper's "minor dream" is a marvelous tune, very close to Benny Golson's compositions.
Maybe it's not Jackie McLean's greatest album,but it's a beautiful session you'll sure enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jackie mclean and company 12 Jun 2001
By Jon Kohn - Published on Amazon.com
A fine blowing session that hightlights the strange contrast between Mclean's alto sax and the tuba of Ray Draper on the first three songs. An excellent together group with some great soloing and arrangements.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and refreshing sound 24 Mar 2010
By Diego - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a full of color album. The reason is about the instrument's contrast. Mclean's sax is the frontal line the most of the time, with Hardman on trumpet, but their higher notes are well balanced with an extraordinary tuba player: Ray Drapper (who was so young at this time). Bass and drums are not particularly intenses, intended as solo-interpretations, but are always developing a great rythm -section. Special words must be dedicated to the great Mal Waldron, who knows how to improvise smartly, smoothly, and speculating on the scale's possibilities so great.
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