Jackie McLean Lights Out! on 200g Mono LP
Analogue Productions' Prestige Mono Series
Mastered by Kevin Gray from the Original Mono Master Tapes
A perpetual favorite among Jackie McLean’s earlier recordings, 1957's Lights Out! finds the hard-swinging young alto saxophonist still very much under the wing of Charlie Parker, who had died less than a year earlier. Yet McLean was beginning to find ways out of the seductive artistic security of Bird imitations. For one thing, he was experimenting with tonal variations.
For another, he was working with Charles Mingus, and Mingus’s genius as a leader included forcing musicians to look deeply into their most cherished stylistic practices. The McLean of Lights Out! is the hot young bebopper with a slightly acid edge to his sound and a solid blues foundation under everything he played. McLean and trumpeter Donald Byrd occasionally engage in the "pecking" technique of mutual improvisation they developed as members of the George Wallington Quintet.
Released in conjunction with Analogue Productions' Prestige Mono Series, this 200g vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a flat edge profile and deep groove label, true to the original LP and is housed in a deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket.
"Analogue Productions' 200-gram mono LP reissues of Jackie McLean's first two Prestige albums prompts us to reevaluate this hard-swinging jazzman...The only way McLean's bright, biting sound was ever heard to better advantage was live." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, April 2013
Jackie McLean (alto saxophone)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Elmo Hope (piano)
Jackie McLean Lights Out! Track Listing:
- 200g Mono LP pressing
- Cut from the analogue masters by Kevin Gray
- Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
- Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket
1. Lights Out
4. A Foggy Day