Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon – Montmartre Summit 1973 (SCCD 37001/2)

1. Introduction by Jackie McLean ()2. All clean (Dexter Gordon)3. Rue de la Harpe (Sahib Shihab)4. Callin' (Kenny Drew)5. Sunset (Kenny Drew)6. On the trail (Ferdie Grofé)1. Half Nelson (Miles Davis)2. I can't get started (Vernon Duke)3. On the trail (Ferdie Grofé)4. Closing (Jackie McLean)5. Another hair-do (Charlie Parker)6. Dexter digs in (Dexter Gordon)7. Closing (Jackie McLean) UPC/EAN: 716043700127 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – Tune Up (SCCD 36023)

SCCD 36023 Tune Up / Jackie McLean Quartet The sequel to “Dr. Jackle” (SCCD 36005). Then 34 Jackie McLean was already a mature musician with personal style. “… a live recording in which McLean performs with clarity and beauty backed up by a fine rhythm section …” (Thomas Millroth, Orkester Journal) . 1. Tune up (Miles Davis)2. I remember you (Johnny Mercer)3. Closing (Jackie McLean)4. Jack's tune (Jackie McLean)5. Smile (Charlie Chaplin)6. Closing (Jackie McLean) UPC/EAN: 716043602322 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – Dr. Jackle (SCCD 36005)

SCCD 36005 Dr. Jackle / Jackie McLean Quartet “The uncompromisingly original” Jackie McLean was the driving force of the early 60s’ Hard Bop and “Free” jazz. Within a year of this live session Jackie cut himself off the recording scene until he reappeared in SteepleChase’s first release “Live At Montmartre” SCCD 31001. “… All modern collections should include a smattering of McLean ..” (Jazz Journal) “ Jackie McLean, a true, acrobatic talent of alto sax …” (Jazz Hot) 1. Dr. Jackle (Jackie McLean)2. Melody for Melonae (Jackie McLean)3. Jossa bossa (Don Moore)4. Little Melonae (Jackie McLean)5. Closing (Jackie McLean) UPC/EAN: 716043600526 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean, Michael Carvin – Antiquity (SCCD 31028)

SCCD 31028 Antiquity / Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin “… Antiquity, an invigorating series of duets …” (Gary Giddins, Village Voice) “… highly enjoyable …” (Cadence) “… in a way, there are more music here than many releases with four or five participants …” (Jørgen Frigård, Politiken) 1. The tob (Jackie McLean)2. Antiquity: The hump (Michael Carvin)3. Antiquity: The slaveship (Jackie McLean)4. Antiquity: The hunter and his game (Jackie McLean)5. Antiquity: The crossing (Jackie McLean)6. Gong go lye (Jackie McLean)7. Ti ti (Michael Carvin)8. Down in the bottom (Jackie McLean)9. De i comahlee ah (Michael Carvin) UPC/EAN: 716043102822 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon – The Source (SCCD 31020)

SCCD 31020 The Source / Jackie McLean feat. Dexter Gordon Live at Jazzhus Montmartre 1973 “ Two key figures of the bop era meet in the friendly, rewarding surrounds of a Danish jazz club, and blow with intensity, fervour and considerable joy …” (Melody Maker) 1. Half Nelson (Miles Davis)2. I can't get started (Vernon Duke)3. On the trail (Ferdie Grofé)4. Closing (Traditional)5. Another hair-do (Charlie Parker)6. Dexter digs in (Dexter Gordon)7. Closing (Traditional) UPC/EAN: 716043102020 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – A Ghetto Lullaby (SCCD 31013)

SCCD 31013 A Ghetto Lullaby / Jackie McLean Quartet This is a recording that came out of two evenings of concerts at Copenhagen’s famous Montmartre Jazzhus with the club’s very best rhythm section led by Mclean’s friend from childhood pianist Kenny Drew. The summer of 1973 was a very busy season for the alto giant Jackie McLean, recording four albums for SteepleChase during the month of July including this one. McLean (b. May 17, 1932 in New York) made his recording debut in the Miles Davis album “Dig” for Prestige at the age of 19 and played with a host of great names of jazz such as Thelomious Monk, Sonny … Continue reading

Jackie McLean, Gary Bartz – Ode To Super (SCCD 31009)

SCCD 31009 Ode To Super / Jackie McLean Quintet Jackie McLean is direct from “Parker-era” and Gary Bartz from the following generation. Both of them are needless to say strongly influenced by Charlie Parker. When the two alto players got together in Copenhagen in the summer of 1973 to record, it was quite natural that the album turned out to be this “ affectionate and moving tribute ” (Melody Maker) to the master. 1. Monk's dance (Gary Bartz)2. Ode to super (Billy Gault)3. Great Rainstreet blues (Jackie McLean)4. Watercircle (Thomas Clausen)5. Watercircle (Thomas Clausen)6. Red cross (Charlie Parker)7. Red cross (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043100927 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon – The Meeting (SCCD 31006)

SCCD 31006 The Meeting / Jackie McLean feat. Dexter Gordon Live at Montmartre 1973 It is incredible that Jackie and Dexter had never recorded together before this date, even though both of them were under Blue Note contract in the 60s. But at last the meeting of the two jazz giants took place in the summer of 1973 at Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. The magnificent front line of two hard blowing saxes with the “ grooving rhythm section ” produced “ inventive, stimulating JAZZ ”. “… get The Meeting , you won’t be sorry .” (Coda) “… it’s happy, it’s full of life and it possesses tons of enery .” … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – Live At Montmartre (SCCD 31001)

SCCD 31001 Live At Montmartre / Jackie McLean Quartet So here it is…the corner stone of SteepleChase label! The very first release which then a university student Nils Winther financed with his scholarship money turned out to be a commercial success. “ What a treat to have a new Jackie McLean album after six years’ silence! And to find him playing with such power, vigour and gusto ..” (Jazz Journal) 1. Smile (Charlie Chaplin)2. Das dat (Jackie McLean)3. Parker's mood (Charlie Parker)4. Confirmation (Charlie Parker)5. Closing (Jackie McLean) UPC/EAN: 716043100125 … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – New York Calling (SCCD 31023)

SCCD 31023 New York Calling / Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood In 1973 veteran Jackie McLean formed The Cosmic Brotherhood, a sextet of young and talented New York musicians including his son René. This is their first recording. “… it is rewarding and refreshing to find one musician of repute who adheres to his roots and is also capable of “making it new” as evinced by the storming performances on New York Calling …the session has a contemporary, authentic jazz sound, without recourse to dread jazz-rock grooves .” (C. W., Melody Maker) 1. New York calling (Billy Skinner)2. Star dancer (Billy Skinner)3. Camel driver (Billy Gault)4. Some other time … Continue reading