Down Beat - 3/96, p.424.5 Stars
- Very Good/Excellent - "...There's no shortage of musical ideas in either the soloing or the writing on DESTINATION OUT! It's a record that goes there and back."
Jazziz - 10/95, p.36
"...Altoist Jackie Mclean, one of the few hard-boppers to stretch into free jazz, takes plenty of chances on DESTINATION OUT, a fiery quintet set..."
Personnel: Jackie McClean (alto saxophone); Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Larry Ridley (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on September 20, 1963. Includes liner notes by Jackie McLean.
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Larry Ridley (bass instrument); Roy Haynes (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Bob Blumenthal; Jackie McLean.
As the title suggests, there is little about this disc that would constitute a safe approach to jazz. But then, alto man Jackie McLean never was one to take the easy path. The adventurousness of this set from 1963 hints of the changing scene at the time and McLean makes a bold statement here. Included in the adventure are the daring Grachan Moncur III, the equally confident Bobby Hutcherson, and the enterprising Roy Haynes. In all, this makes for a wild ride that opens the door to a new world of possibilities.
The hazy opener, "Love and Hate" sets the tone for the unusual session as the group provides a new standard for group improvisation. Things get stickier with the aptly titled "Esoteric," a schizophrenic number that alternates from an unsettling waltz to burning bop with expert direction from Haynes. The epic "Kahlil The Prophet" is the disc's centerpiece and a true masterpiece of modern jazz. The final blues "Riff Raff" ties the session to a close with a constantly repeating melodic motif that increases the tension before opening up to some stunning solo work by all. For those with a sense of adventure, this is the one to get.