The Jazz Show Episode May 11, 2009

Broadcast on 11-May-2009

9:00pm - 12:00am

Jackie McLean's quartet dates are rather rare as he usually recorded with other horns on his own dates. McLean is in fine creative form here on this rare session, done in April of 1966 for Blue Note. It was supposed to be issued and called "High Frequency" but remained in the can until the late 70's when it was issued as a vinyl 'twofer' by Blue Note. It's only other issue was on a box set by Mosaic Records called "The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Jackie McLean 1964-66"...that set is out of print and commands a huge price on eBay.
McLean points to the future in his performance here but doesn't let you forget where he came from stylistically as he performs two of his own tunes plus two by pianist Larry Willis and one by bassist Don Moore. The drummer on this date is a McLean discovery who is now one of the greatest drummers in Jazz history, Jack DeJohnette.As Jackie describes his sound...."no artificial sweetener'.... he is in compelling form here delivering his message with grace, swing and authority. McLean passed away on March 31,2006 has music and sound will be missed.

Track Listing:

Art Farmer/Jackie · In Tokyo 1977.
Charles Mingus · Four Trombones
Elvin Jones · Coalition
Everywhere Calypso
Sonny Rollins · Sonny Rollins Next
The Cutting Edge
Sonny Rollins · The Cutting Edge
Sonny Clark · The Sonny Clark Trio
Blues Blue
Alternate Takes.
Birds of Paridise
Carla Bley · Big Band Theory
High Frequency
Jackie McLean · High Frequency
Jossa Bossa
Combined Effort
The Bull Frog