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Kenny DORHAM & Jackie McLEAN – Inta Somethin' 1962

Posted in Jackie McLEAN, JAZZ, Kenny DORHAM on November 29, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Kenny DORHAM & Jackie McLEAN – Inta Somethin’ 1962
1978 Issue. GXF 3119, PJ-41
Recorded at The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, California on November 13, 1961


Inta Somethin’ is an live album by American jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham featuring performances recorded at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in 1961 and released on the Pacific Jazz label.
Some of the most interesting early 60s work by both of the players! The group’s co-led by Kenny Dorham and Jackie McLean with rhythm backing by Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Art Taylor on drums a trans-continental trio of players who really make for a lot of fire in the date! The quintet play a fiercely modernist approach to hardbop somewhat like McLean’s studio albums from the time, but even a bit more unbridled.
This album captures Dorham and McLean at their best, and most original,with their own sound just a few years out of the Blakey band and with their own hard-bop reedy thing *going-on*.I can’t recommend this enough…
Piano- Walter Bishop Jr.
Alto Saxophone- Jackie McLean (Tracks A1 & A3-A6)
Trumpet- Kenny Dorham
Bass- Leroy Vinnegar
Drums- Art Taylor
US  7:10
Composed By – K. Dorham

It Could Happen To You  5:55
Composed By – J. V. Heusen* , J. Burke

Let’s Face The Music  6:07
Composed By – I. Berlin

No Two People  6:54
Composed By – F. Loesser

Lover Man  4:54
Composed By – J. Davis , J. Sherman* , R. Ramirez

San Francisco Beat  7:07
Composed By – K. Dorham

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Jackie McLEAN – Capuchin Swing 1960

Posted in Jackie McLEAN, JAZZ on November 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jackie McLEAN – Capuchin Swing 1960
Recorded on Apr. 17th 1960.
2002 Issue.


Chronologically next up after “Swing, Swang, Swinging”, this album took McLean away from the standards of that album, into an altogether more varied programme, with three of his own compositions, two from pianist Walter Bishop Jnr, and the ‘standard’ “Don’t blame me”. The result is an excellent mixture of styles with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums holding it together, McLean, Blue Mitchell and Walter Bishop all get extended solos.McLean blows excellently throughout, and Mitchell is an excellent counterpoint to his style, particularly on the blues. Favourite tracks for me are “Francisco” which alternates harmonically static interludes with straight ahead blues choruses, and on which McLean plays some intense solos. There’s also some bowed bass playing from Chambers which adds to the fusion.”Condition Blue” gives the whole ensemble opportunities to solo, with Bishop and McLean swopping chops. “On the Lion” is a great staright ahead chance for each of the frontline to solo.The remastering is excellent and the CD is highly recommended as an example of McLeans work in transition. As usual, the advice is buy it now, before Blue Note delete it again!
One of McLean’s more underrated albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960’s Capuchin Swing finds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While McLean’s future fascination with Ornette Coleman’s free-form innovations can be sensed in some solos here, the majority of the album is in a classic hard bop vein. Like contemporaries Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Lee Morgan, though, McLean doesn’t just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing any ballad cuts, McLean focuses on mid- to fast-tempo swingers and blues. Standouts include originals like “Francisco” and “Condition Blue” and choice renditions of “Just for Now” and “Don’t Blame Me.” McLean enlists a sparkling lineup of hard bop stars, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. Mitchell particularly impresses, matching many of McLean’s own inspired flights with his supple and progressive playing. Along with other fine Blue Note titles like Jackie’s Bag and Bluesnik, Capuchin Swing makes for a great introduction to McLean’s extensive catalog.
By Stephen Cook.
Blue Mitchell- Trumpet
Jackie McLean- Alto Ssax
Walter Bishop Jr.- Piano
Paul Chambers- Bass
Art Taylor- Drums
01. Francisco  9:36
02. Just for Now (Walter Bishop, Jr.)  7:34
03. Don’t Blame Me (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh)  4:25
04. Condition Blue- 8:14
05. Capuchin Swing”  6:11
06. On the Lion” (Bishop)  4:51

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