Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Warning! Jazz Below!
Jackie McLean made his bones alongside Miles Davis in the early 50s, but it was his string of recordings for Blue Note in the 60s where he created a special place for himself in hardbop history.
I rarely post anything jazz or jazz-related. There's no reason for that. It's not that I presume you aren't listening, or could care less about the genre. I'm simply not very comfortable writing about it the way I can gush with backup over rock and roll. But I have loved this track since the day I first heard it.
It's from McLean's first release on Blue Note, 1959's "New Soil," and it's not quite as challenging as what he would subsequently release. But it swings like hell. I've always thought this is what Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass might sound like if they took themselves a bit more seriously.