Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Elmo Hope (piano); Doug Watkins, Paul Chambers, Arthur Phipps (bass instrument); John Jenkins (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Webster Young, Bill Hardman (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Gil Coggins, Mal Waldron, Wade Legge (piano); Louis Hayes, Art Taylor (drums).
Liner Note Author: Carlo Wolff.
Recording information: VanGelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ (1956-1957).
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's flowing, inventive style and restless imagination originated in the Charlie Parker tradition. Though he's capable of bebop-style pyrotechnics, his softer side predominates on this two-CD primer, which spans the inspired, West Coast-influenced "Alto Madness" and the lyrical "Solar," as well as the agitated hard bop of "Dacor," recorded with drummer Art Taylor.