Jackie McLean A Fickle Sonance
Vinyl LP Details
- Released: April 10, 2020
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.Five Will Get You Ten
- 4.A Fickle Sonance
Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Sonny Clark (piano); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 26, 1961. Originally released on Blue Note (84089). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler and Bob Blumenthal.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder (2000, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey).
This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
All of Jackie McLean's early-'60s Blue Note sessions are worth one's time, but this date features a particularly sparkling ensemble including the under-recorded trumpeter Tommy Turrentine and the rhythm team of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. Add a set of finely crafted original compositions and it's hard to imagine why this disc waited till 2000 to make it to CD.
McLean's trademark alto wail is in classic form here, and Turrentine proves as virile a partner as Donald Byrd had on many other exemplary dates with the saxophonist. Sonny Clark, who provides the swinging compositions "Five Will Get You Ten" and "Sundu," is, likewise, at the top of his game here. Warren, an excellent bassist in the tradition of the great Oscar Pettiford, provides ample rhythmic variety and penned the rollicking closer "Lost." Higgins, a Blue Note regular by this time, is at his swinging best, supporting the whole group with his shimmering cymbals.
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