Jackie McLean: 4, 5, and 6

Jackie McLean: 4, 5, and 6

Analogue Productions  CPRJ 7048 SA

Mono Hybrid


Jackie McLean (alto sax)
Mal Waldron (piano)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)

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This LP for Prestige helped establish alto sax giant McLean on the jazz scene. He was joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd (who shines with the altoist on Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”) and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley (also bopping hard on the tune), in a date solidified by McLean’s rhythm section: Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. McLean also plays ballads, including Waldron’s sublime tune “Abstraction.” Writing in the original notes, Ira Gitler said, ”Jackie McLean is musically coming of age. His playing, out of Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, has become a personalized, more individual voice in 1956 and he has not lost any of the basic emotion, swinging qualities that help his style live up to the second syllable of his last name so well.”

Originally released in 1956.

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Analogue recording
1. Sentimental Journey
2. Why Was I Born?
3. Contour
4. Confirmation
5. When I Fall in Love
6. Abstraction
Comments (1)

Comment by Gilles Daugenet - September 27, 2022 (1 of 1)

As always, big sound from talented artists but also by a quality label. Masterized by Kevin Gray, this SACD is a splendor !