One Step Beyond

Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean in all his glory. This is Jazz! The best of the early ’60s, that is. Jackie searching for a third way, between way, way out and mainstream hard bop fronts an amazing band, most notably the very young and extra Tony Williams on percussion, and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Saturday and Sunday, and Ghost town are my two favorite cuts. Tony’s drumming on the haunting, laconic opening, Jackie’s extended blowing on the alto sax, and Bobby Hutcherson’s vibes work are some of the finest work I know on these instruments.

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