9 September 2007

JACKIE MCLEAN QUINTET - HIPNOSIS






















Jackie McLean for Blue Note from 1967.
New Thing meets funk on this rare Japanese Blue Note - Highly Recommended.
Grachan Moncur III (tb) Jackie McLean (as) Lamont Johnson (p) Scott Holt (b) Billy Higgins (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 3, 1967

From the sleeve notes by Ben Sidran:
The title track is a snake charmer kind of vamp that is an excellent showcase for both the rhythm section and the soloists.Of particular note is the way drummer Higgins and pianist Lamont Johnson interweave the basket out of which emerge the serpentine horn lines of Jackie and Grachan.Some might call this a super sophisticated "Sidewinder"
"Slow Poke" written by Jackie,is a soulful off the wall composition that recalls the best elements of early Ornette Colman but remains all Jackie just the same.The rhythm section comes and goes as it pleases,with pianist Johnson leaving large holes for Scotty Holt and Higgins to move about and much of the harmonic structure,like the time,is taken for granted or approached from relativly arbitary angles by the horns.The common conception is simply no longer one of grooves,but is expanded to to include dramatic movement.Bassist Holt,who was a protege of Jackie's,solos with excellent facility and covers all the bases.
"The Breakout" does just that after a brief skirmish with a cross time opening theme.The soloing employs tone rows rather than chord changes.Despite the avant garde format,the soloing is somewhat traditional in character,and after ba short series of of chord resolutions,he piece abruptly ends.
"Back Home" by Moncur,reminds the listener that Grachan put in several long seasons on the road with the Ray Charles Band.It opens with a dramatic lament,with Higgins kicking loosly on the background,and one can almost visualise a country rode,down which comes a cow-cow boogie of the pure bred variety.The groove of this tune is authentic funk,more like Archie Shepp's tributes to his roots than the artificial twist jazz that was fashionable in the 60s.
The date ends with Johnson's "The Reason Why",avery rational chord progression followed by a string of logical rhythm kicks,out of which comes Jackie,flying upside down and sideways,wonderfully free and being buoyed up by the currents being generated behind him.His offhand outside in approach is a good closer to his package,as it demonstrates the fifties,sixties and even seventies elements in his playing.
This was to be Jackie's final recording for Blue Note Records.
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.No reissues although it is included as part of the Mosaic Select Grachan Moncur cd Box set from Mosaic.

21 comments:

il angelo said...

an energetic selection. its inclusion in Moncur's M Selects was unconfortable to say the least, and McLean's Mosaic 64-66 too arbitrary in its limits.
Thanks

Kockalone said...

Thanks for this beautiful post!

Djalma

djalma-soulfood.blogspot.com

Sergio said...

Having all G. Monchur albums as leader, I never try the Mosaic Select set, so this is a wonderful chance to hear the missing link. Thank you Bacoso!

BillD said...

I want to thank you not only for the McLean but for all the wonderful posts over the last months. What a great resource for lovers of this great music.

kike hurtado said...

Thanks evry much for sharing this wonderful recording with us.
very good job the rip from the vinyl.

best regards, Enrique.

Floriano said...

Joe Zawinul R.I.P

kingpossum said...

Hey Bacoso,thanks for this one. I was not aware of this in McLean's catalogue, and anything with Grachan Moncur...count me in.

Terrific stuff,

Michael said...

Very hot! Thanks!

Michael said...

Very hot! Thanks!

janus2810 said...

Thanks for all the great posts man, just discovered you again, I came across the blog ages ago but didn't bookmark you and forgot the name! Any chance of a re-up of Magnum - Fully loaded LP? Keep up the killer work! JP

Bill Barton said...

Superb! Thank you.

Colin said...

Thanks for this, I've been looking for it for a long while!

For the record, this wasn't Jackie's last BN date -New and old Gospel, 'Bout Soul and Demon's Dance followed in 67.

bacoso said...

colin-let ben sidran know-he wrote the sleeve notes!Surprising he got it wrong but you are totally correct.Well spotted.

Eric said...

Anyone else notice a glitch on the track "The Reason Why" at about 5:05? Happens again about 20 seconds later. Not that I'm complaining, the album is awesome.

BabyBreeze said...

I thought I had this on the McLean Mosaic set, and that I had all the Moncour recordings as well, but a closer look revealed otherwise. This is definitely my kind of New Thing. Brilliant.

jimmy said...

Any chance on posting this one again?

jazzlover said...

Great post,thank you.

Gerald said...

It would be really great if you could find a way to re post this album again. It looks great.
Thanks
Jerry

Bacoso said...

this was reupped by another blog here:
http://www.easy-share.com/1908374092/Hipnosis.zip

Peter said...

Thanks bac!

philly joe said...

Could I ask you to re-up again the link please?It's a long time that I'm lookin' for a cd release of this masterpiece but it's impossible to find a copy...

Thank you very much!