Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Fickle Sonance
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Fickle Sonance Original recording remastered


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Original recording remastered, September 12, 2000
$49.98 $20.55
Vinyl, May 25, 2010
"Please retry"
$19.29

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

There's a quality in Jackie McLean's Blue Note recordings of the early 1960s, a mix of the hip (the rhythmic swagger, the confident aggression) and the searching, an exploratory fervor and questioning that subtly undermines all assurances, resulting in a distinct and genuine art. It's akin to similar elements in his great contemporaries, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, but it's definitely McLean's own. In 1961, he was absorbing modal forms into his music and they melded with his blues-based intensity, adding structural coherence to his solos. He's joined here by an excellent band, though two of his key partners are woefully underrated. Trumpeter Tommy Turrentine is a brassy player of the Clifford Brown school, who's capable of genuine warmth at slower tempos. Pianist Sonny Clark, a frequent McLean partner, possessed tremendous linear invention and bluesy depths that complement the saxophonist's own. He also contributes two compositions, "Sundu" and the title track. Drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Butch Warren, both Blue Note regulars, complete the group. --Stuart Broomer

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Five Will Get You Ten (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 7:06Album Only
listen  2. Subdued (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sundu (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A Fickle Sonance (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Enitnerrut (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lost (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00004X0QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Jackie McLean Store

Music

Image of album by Jackie McLean

Photos

Image of Jackie McLean
Visit Amazon's Jackie McLean Store
for 144 albums, photos, discussions, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
89%
4 star
11%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jackie McLean's "A Fickle Sonance" is a most welcome addition to the Rudy Van Gelder Series. The RVG Edition marks the first time that this classic 1961 Blue Note session has been released domestically on CD. Joining Jackie on this great recording are Tommy Turrentine on trumpet (in a rare Blue Note session apart from his brother Stanley), Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Not only must Alfred Lion have approved of this lineup, but Sonny Clark must have as well, as he brought practically the same band (with Charlie Rouse instead of Jackie) into the studio not three weeks later to cut his classic "Leapin' And Lopin'." This rhythm trio would also be the genius behind Dexter Gordon's "Go," while Warren and Higgins would later team up with Herbie Hancock on Donald Byrd's "Royal Flush" (please put this out as an RVG!) and Herbie's "Takin' Off." The reason I mention this is not to show-off my encyclopedic knowledge, but to illustrate that these cats had lasting chemistry right from the start! Jackie was always aware of the jazz's latest progressions and it shows in the album's compositions. McLean authored two of the songs on this date, the ballad "Sudbued" and the adventurous title track (sorry Stuart, you are incorrect about this being Sonny's tune). Clark is credited with two contributions -- "Five Will Get You Ten" (which is actually a Monk tune called "Two Timer") and "Sundu" -- while Turrentine and even Warren contribute one each. "A Fickle Sonance" was truly a group effort that even the most fickle jazz enthusiasts will undoubtedly enjoy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J-Rock on April 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I learned today that Jackie McLean passed away at the age of 74. To remember his powerful sound and searching spirit, I stepped away from some of my gospel and funk stuff to revisit some of his music. I've got something like 10 Jackie Mclean albums, mostly on Blue Note. Along with Let Freedom Ring, this is one of my favorites.

The first cut is a really catchy swinging tune whose head will stick with you. I don't know how much work Tommy Turrentine and Jackie did together, but they have great chemistry and great balance. Billy Higgins swings hard and this is very cohesive group.

The second track sticks out for me as a rearrangement of "Embraceable You". I also like the Enitnerrut, with it's Afro-Cuban feel.

Jackie Mac has a sound that pierces you to the core. It's sharp and jagged. Flirts with freedom but never forgets its bop influences.

Jackie Mac's work has moved me and this CD is one of several great entry points to the life of a great musician, educator and spirit.

5 stars.

--SD
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Covais on October 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Jackie Mclean is one of my favorite artists that recorded for Blue Note in the 50's and 60's. His albums, the sidemen, the tunes, the cover art, and especially his playing is a treat for me.

I recently purchased another recording by him called Action, in which it was more avant garde and "Ornette Coleman" influenced. This session, of which is more "straight ahead" is a fantastic listen from start to finish.

There is such great variety on this cut. Every member of the group except drummer Billy Higgins contributed to the writing on the album. Sonny Clark's Five Will Get You Ten is a great opener. The rhythm's and of course the melody is fantastic. The other Sonny Clark original is Sundu, also a great track.

Mclean's A Fickle Sonance is the title track. Butch Warren sets this nice tempo, where Billy Higgins comes in next, and then the horns. It's pretty cool. Stanely Turrentine's brother, Tommy wrote Enitnerrut for the record. Don't try to say it; it's his last name spelled backwards. And according to Ira Gitler in the original liner notes, if you're the least bit backward, it won't be hard for you to figure out who wrote the tune.

Overall this album was great. Another classic RVG edition in the Blue Note catalogue. This album swings, and you'll dig it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The*hot*wax*kid on August 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD (not to mention the Vinyl!!) is a must have for me, I say this because whenever I hear it I am bopping along all day huming and screeching to it. I do realize that there maybe other more significant works by other artist. But for me this disc represents the best of what was being offered at the time of its creation. In my mind this is jazz at some of its best!! I always come back to this album, because it features some of my favorite players doing what I consider to be some of their most exciting playing, do not cheat yourself out of the experience of hearing this disc, buy it now!

The*Hot*Wax*Kid
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Burford on January 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I guess you could say Jackie is somehwere between Lester Young and Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. He really is an eclectic, and that is why he is so interesting to listen to on this particular CD. He is extremely good on the title track because he stretches it out and realloy lays down some hard post bop music that just about anybody will enjoy because it is basically catchy music. I highly reccomend this CD and it should stand the test of time as to where Charlie Parker would have gone if he had stayed alive longer.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category