Release date
29 Jun 2004
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
38:12

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Action (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2004 Digital Remaster) 10:52 12
2 Plight (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2004 Digital Remaster) 7:37 9
3 Wrong Handle (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2004 Digital Remaster) 7:33 10
4 I Hear A Rhapsody (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:41 22
5 Hootnan 7:29 304

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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