Jackie McLean : 4, 5 and 6

Jackie McLean : 4, 5 and 6


Jackie McLean (alto sax), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Prestige 7048

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Sentimental Journey
A2 - Why Was I Born?
A3 - When I Fall In Love
B1 - Contour
B2 - Abstraction
B3 - Confirmation

Recorded on July 13 & 20, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

McLean's “4, 5 and 6” gives us a brilliant example of the musician we've all grown to love over the years: an alto sax giant constantly surrounded by the finest jazz players. Here the vitality of the McLean alto is heard in three different size groups.

The rhythm section remains the same for all the combinations and is made up of Mal Waldron who was Jackie's teammate in the Charlie Mingus group at various times during 1956; Doug Watkins, the Detroit bass product who made his mark with the Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver's group; Arthur Taylor, the mustachioed swinger heard previously with Art Farmer-Gigi Gryce, Bud Powell, etc. and who split duties as Prestige's house drummer with Philly Joe Jones. The quartet finds Jackie in the standards department interpreting "Sentimental Journey", "Why Was I Born?" and "When I Fall In Love". Mal Waldron contributes solos on all three and Doug Watkins travels a solo road on the "Journey".

The scene shifts to the originals section as another Detroit gift to the Eastern jazz locale, Donald Byrd, makes the group a quintet. Donald, after a short stint with the Messengers, was featured with the Max Roach group. He and Jackie teamed up in "Lights Out". Both originals in this segment of the session are by pianists. The somber beauty of "Abstraction" was created by Mal Waldron and the pulsating "Contour" was molded by Kenny Drew.

Originals only continue as Hank Mobley, another ex-Messenger who was promoted to vice-president in the Horace Silver Group, swells the group to sextet size. The original is Charlie Parker's classic, "Confirmation". Thus - 4, 5 and 6... henceforth - get your kicks.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions — 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of -the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.