Release date
24 Oct 2014
Running length
5 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Action 10:57 1,040
2 Plight 7:41 989
3 Wrong Handle 7:37 1,374
4 I Hear a Rhapsody 5:06 2,298
5 Hootnan 7:34 336

About this album

charles toliver – trumpet
Jackie McLean – alto sax
Bobby Hutcherson – vibes
Cecil McBee – bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Blue Note
Recorded Sept 16, 1964
Rudy Van Gelder edition: 2003

This recording, whose music has been reissued as part of a Mosaic Jackie McLean box set, has several selections that are quite fascinating. McLean (along with trumpeter Charles Tolliver, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Cecil McBee , and drummer Billy Higgins) plays free hard bop on “Action” (which does not have a specific set of chord changes to follow), a pair of Tolliver compositions (“Plight” being the most well known) and even the standard “I Hear a Rhapsody” (McLean’s feature). Only the bluesy “Hootnan” is a bit more conventional, although the solos are far from predictable. This album is full of exciting music that has long been overshadowed.

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