Jackie McLean 4, 5 And 6 on LP
2014 Reissue Campaign Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Prestige Records and the 90th Birthday of Legendary Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder
Prestige Records is one most revered Jazz labels in the world with countless all-time Jazz classics recorded on the imprint. Like several other prominent Jazz producers of the fifties, Prestige founder Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional Jazz fan but soon found himself standing at the cutting edge of “Modern Jazz.” Weinstock launched his own label - originally called New Jazz, soon renamed Prestige - in 1949 and, during the next decade, recorded such giants as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, often in informal "blowing" sessions. By the late fifties Prestige had become the leading purveyor of Soul Jazz (also known as Acid Jazz) with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, and others.
Prestige became part of the Fantasy group of labels in 1972, and since Concord Music Group's acquisition of Fantasy in 2004 it has been a flagship label in their ongoing Jazz reissues program. In early 2006, Concord launched the critically acclaimed Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series – a collection of reissues of some of the most iconic albums in the Prestige catalog, carefully remastered from the original analog master tapes with 24-bit digital technology by the legendary and original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder. Commemorating the 65th anniversary of Prestige in 2014, Concord Music Group will reissue sixteen classic recordings on vinyl.
This 1956 date of ballads and burners from the young alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was his third album as leader and second for Prestige. The LP at the time helped to establish McLean on the jazz scene. He was joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd (who shines with the altoist on Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”) and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley (also bopping hard on the tune), in a date solidified by McLean’s rhythm section: Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. McLean and company also offer up a sublime take on the Waldron ballad “Abstraction.”
In the original liner notes, Ira Gitler wrote, ”Jackie McLean is musically coming of age. His playing, out of Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, has become a personalized, more individual voice in 1956 and he has not lost any of the basic emotion, swinging qualities that help his style live up to the second syllable of his last name so well.”
Jackie McLean (alto saxophone)
Mal Waldron (piano)
Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Arthur Taylor (drums)
Jackie McLean 4, 5 And 6 Track Listing:
1. Sentimental Journey
2. Why Was I Born
5. When I Fall In Love