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5.0 out of 5 stars McLean Magic, 9 May 2013
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This review is from: Eight Classic Albums [Audio CD] Jackie Mclean (Audio CD)
Eight truly classic albums digitally remastered. Sound is excellent as is the price. They take Jackie McLean through his hard-bop playing career with a hint of his later development into a free-form performer His approach was always honest and raw.
1)McLEAN'S SCENE: 1956 & 1957. The young saxophonist is still developing from the inevitable Parker comparisons. With Mal Waldron(p), Red Garland(p), Bill Hardman(t), Art Taylor(d) and Paul Garland(b). Cleveland's Hardman rattles chorus after chorus in 'Gone with The Wind'. McLean is sublime on 'Our Love Is Here To Stay', 'Mean To Me', 'Old Folks' and 'Chasin' The Bird' that may reflect later quotations from them both.

2)NEW SOIL: May,1959. Given ample rehearsal time by producer Alfred Lion, McLean emerged from self-confessed 'difficult times'. His self-penned opener 'Hip Strut' is blues. His exchanges of ideas with Charlie Byrd,(g),flow. 'Minor Apprehension' is taken at a rapid tempo. Hints of his future ideas come through (Ornette Coleman comes to mind). Chambers(b), Davis Jr (p) and Pete La Roca(d) with a stunning solo stand out.

3)SWING,SWANG,SWINGIN': Oct 1959. Surprisingly, Jackie sticks to standards all played mid-tempo. Bishop(p), Garrison(b), Art Taylor accompany. Plenty of swing. 'What's New' is almost a nod to Parker. 'Stablemates' stretches but '116th And Lennox' is more challenging.

4)CAPUCHIN SWING: April 1960. Mitchell(t), Bishop(p),Chambers(b),Art Taylor(d) are hardened boppers. This followed release (3). McLean's varied repertoire (three compositions and two from Bishop) lead to a driving set with extended solos from the saxophonist. Mitchell is a perfect counterfoil. 'Francisco', 'Conditional Blue' (featuring Chambers) and 'On The Lion' are highlights.

5)JACKIE'S BAG: Jan. 59 & Sept. 1960. McLean's debut for Blue Note is split into two sessions more than a year apart. The initial sessions are three numbers, 'Fidel', 'Blues Inn' and 'Quadrangle'. Donald Byrd(t), Sonny Clarke(p), Paul Chambers(b) and Philly Joe Jones(d) feature. Clarke is not featured on 'Quadrangle'. McLean is, as always, passionate in his playing. The accompaniment is top rank. The 1960 session features Taylor(d),Kenny Drew(p) and Tina Brooks(ts) who wrote two numbers (a little known performer). 'Street Singer', 'Medina' and 'Isle of Java' are standout with rivetting emotionally committed solos by the band members. 'Appointment in Ghana' is another highlight and a pointer to McLean's development into the 60's.

6)BLUESNIK: Jan. 1961. McLean throwing himself into bop and blues. His solos hint at a performer who is almost oblivious to his rhythm accompaniment. Of course he needs it, but so profound is his playing his band are almost an intrusion. 'The blues are here to stay' wrote Ira Gritter in the liner notes. Kenny Drew's solo on the title track is exceptional. Doug Watkins does the donkey-work on bass immaculately, holding the album together.

7)INTA SOMETHIN: 1961. Kenny Dorham is prominent throughout. A live date from San Francisco. Bop, blues, mainly standards. 'Melanie' swings as do Walter Bishop, Bobbie Timmons and McLean, of course. 'It Could happen to you' and the ever emotional 'Lover man' jump out.

8)A FICKLE SONANCE: Oct.1961. McLean is still embracing bop and blues. A group achievement. McLean takes the title track but Tommy Turrentine(t), Sonny Clark(p), Butch Warren(b) and Billy Higgins(d) are by no means there to make up the numbers. They are paramount in this album. 'Embraceable You' and 'Subdued' are vehicles for McLean. Listen out for Clark on 'Sundu', Warren on 'Lost' and Turrentine on 'Eniterrut'. Wonderful.

Jackie McLean seems to be relatively and unfairly underestimated in his musical contribution. Coming from a hard school of bop with legends alongside, he developed his own style and more importantly was his own man and never overshadowed. This collection is unequivocably recommended to any enthusiast of jazz.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Track Listings - Gone with The Wind?, 22 April 2012
Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Eight Classic Albums [Audio CD] Jackie Mclean (Audio CD)
48 Tracks, 8 Lps (albums) spread over 4 CDs means this is a awonderful way to obtain these Public Domain Lps.

There is no track listing so I've done one.

This is not a review as such just some information.

the CDs in this set do not tell you whats on the actual CDs.

For a decent set of reviews I suggest you head to Amazon USA and read the reviews there.
CD 1:
McLean's Scene (1957):
1 Gone With the Wind
2 Our Love is Here To Stay
3 Mean To Me
4 McLean's Scene
5 Old Folks
6 Outburst
New Soil (1959):
7 Hip Strut
8 Minor Apprehension
9 Greasy
10 Sweet Cakes
11 Davis Cup
CD 2:
Swing, Swang, Swingin' (1960):
1 What's New
2 Let's Face the Music and Dance
3 Stablemates
4 I Remember You
5 I Love You
6 I'll Take Romance
7 116th and Lennox
Capuchin Swing (1960):
8 Francisco
9 Just For Now
10 Don't Blame Me
11 Condition Blue
12 Capuchin Swing
13 On the Lion
CD 3:
Jackie's Bag (1960):
1 Quadrangle
2 Blues Inn
3 Fidel
4 Appointment In Ghana
5 A Ballad For Doll
6 Isle of Java
Bluesnik (1961):
7 Bluesnik
8 Goin' Way Blues
9 Drew's Blues
10 Cool Green
11 Blue's Function
12 Torchin'
CD 4:
Inta Somethin' [with Kenny Dorham] (1961):
1 Us
2 It Could Happen To You
3 Let's Face the Music
4 No Two People
5 Lover Man
6 San Francisco Beat
A Fickle Sonance (1961):
7 Five Will Get You Ten
8 Subdued
9 Sundu
10 A Fickle Sonance
11 Enitnerrut
12 Lost
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!, 14 Aug. 2013
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We should be happy to have any of these 8 albums for this price. We all hear so much about Miles, Trane and Bird - and rightly so - but Jackie McLean was right there with them and should be even better known than he is. This collection gives an important snapshot on a key period in his career which spanned more than 40 years at the top of the profession. His playing is intense and innovative.
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