Mono pressing with obi
Originally issued in 1955, this is Jackie McLean's debut date as a leader. The band includes Donald Byrd on trumpet (himself a young lion at the time), pianist Mal Waldron, Doug Watkins on bass, and drummer Ronnie Tucker. A standard late bebop and early hard bop date (but then again, hard bop was still fresh and new at the time, and McLean was at the forefront of it), the album is most notable for its two McLean originals: "Little Melonae" and the beautiful blues "Blue Doll." Mal Waldron's "Mood Malady" closes the set with a wonderful showcase of his own use of extended harmonic reaches inside a conventional hard bop tune.
Thom Jurek -All Music Guide
Jackie McLean (alto sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Ronald Tucker (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, October 21, 1955
ORIGIN : Japan
LABEL : Jubilee Records
CONDITION OF COVER, INSERT & OBI : EX+
CONDITION OF RECORD : EX+
RECORD GRADING DEFINITIONS
MINT: Never opened, still in original shrink wrap.
NM: Opened, appears unplayed.
EX: A few very light surface hair-line marks with no major deterioration to the sound quality.
VG: A few light scratches and/or scuffs creating audible background noise. There is no skipping or jumping on this record unless indicated in the condition description.
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