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Swing Swang Swingin'

Jackie McLeanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000005H94
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What's New
2. Let's Face The Music And Dance
3. Stablemates
4. I Remember You
5. I Love You
6. I'll Take Romance
7. 116th And Lenox

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really a relaxed date December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Here we have one of those really relaxed recording sessions with four great guys who just love to play together. Things start off with "What's New", taken here at a surprising medium tempo rather than the usual ballad time. One time, when I heard Jackie McLean in person, he actually played that tune in a similar way, so this CD brings back to me some very beautiful memories. Jackie McLean always keeps his very personal and unique style, whether he is playing more familiar material like on this album,or is taking some "steps beyond". Especially after listening to the more advanced material from his famous albums of the sixties, it's really relaxing to have him play standards like "I Remember You" or "I'd Take Romance", and I particularly like his version on Golson's "Stablemates", which is a very good example of pure McLean on that tune with it's beautiful chord progressions. About the pianist on that date, Walter Bishop, just let me say that he is beautiful. Like on another great McLean-Album, "Capuchin Swing", he gets enough space to really stretch out. He was a Bud Powell disciple without merely copying Bud, very tasteful indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled ! May 21, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
The coolest thing about Jackie McLean is that you just can't go wrong with him...
He was intrinsically hip... edgy, and unpretentiously artistic and most important, he was a swinger...
the type of sax player who was incapable of blowing anything uninteresting... ever.
The opening number, WHAT'S NEW is a perfect example...
Whereas many other alto players may have needed a tight front line (say a trumpet minimum) to fire them off, Jackie states the melody both accurately and creatively... his solo is fluent, energetic, pays homage to his idol Bird, yet is distinctly McLeanistic and it doesn't end there...
Walter Bishop Jr. always took tasty solos... then McLean comes back with a second solo - - he is able to play with both the harmony and melody at the same time... You never forget its Jackie, and even better never forget its What's New... he is also a master subtle communicator with his band an very in the moment. A good example is that you can tell he steps back slightly from the mic before coming back to the solo (this keeps the rhythm section on his tail so the arrangement has appropriate momentum at the ending) - - It is in stark contrast to Sonny Stitt, also a genius, but one who had a habit of competing with, rather than playing with his bandmates... Both were genius, but I think this is where Jackie had his true edge -- there's a bit more human warmth, though both were equally under-appreciated post-Parker era geniuses. (James Spaulding is another bopper who belongs on the list and was just as great, though sadly infinitely more under-recorded than any of them!)

Let's Face The Music and Dance is great for a second tune... as much fun as McClean has with the space in What's New, his solos are short punchy in that one... here he stretches out even more...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True To Its Name September 11, 2000
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This Jackie McLean album is a truly swinging affair. There's not a ballad in the bunch. As Alfred Lion says in the liner notes, "They came, swung and they split, so we called the album 'Swing, Swang, Swingin'." Touche Al, say no more! Well, how about two more points of information. First, Jackie's quartet for this recording is Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Second, this is a limited edition so don't wait too long to buy it, or "Swing, Swang" will go swinging off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST purchase January 11, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I have listened to this record many, many times, and I am grateful to own it. At this price, this record is absolutely a MUST buy. I came of age before the days of MP3 downloads, and I got this CD for well over $30 at a local borders, imported from Japan as it was out of print in the United States. The fact that is available for download at this price makes its purchase a no-brainer.

For the saxophone player: this CD is a must own. No where else to my knowledge can one find a recording of Jackie McLean playing on so many standards. I have transcribed several of the solos off this record, and think they are all worth it, but "What's New" is especially good. This was the first solo that I used to help me understand how to approach minor ii Vs.

As other reviewers have noted, this is a relaxed date, with everyone playing familiar songs. It makes for great listening, and is a great introduction to McLean's playing for those approaching his work for the first time. At under six dollars, I can't believe how lucky folks who are building their collections just now are. The amount of savings is just incredible compared to the money I spent building my collection when I was in undergraduate school.
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