Jackie McLean : Capuchin Swing

Jackie McLean : Capuchin Swing

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Jackie McLean (alto sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Walter Bishop Jr. (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Recorded in 1960

Blue Note 4038

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

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A  - Francisco
B1 - Just For Now
B2 - Don't Blame Me
C   - Condition Blue
D1 - Capuchin Swing
D2 - On The Lion

Recorded on April 17, 1960 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ,

One of Jackie McLean's more underrated albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960's Capuchin Swing finds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While his future fascination with Ornette Coleman's free-form innovations can be sensed in some of the solos here, the majority of the album is in a classic hard bop vein. Like contemporaries Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Lee Morgan, though, McLean doesn't just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing ballads, McLean focuses on mid- to fast-tempo swingers and blues. Standouts include originals like "Francisco" and "Condition Blue" and choice renditions of "Just for Now" and "Don't Blame Me." McLean enlists a sparkling lineup of hard bop stars, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. Mitchell particularly impresses, matching many of McLean's own inspired flights with his supple and progressive playing. Along with other fine Blue Note titles like Jackie's Bag and Bluesnik, Capuchin Swing makes for a great introduction to McLean's extensive catalog.

This is pure, exceptional, hard bop by Jackie McLean with Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop, Jr., Paul Chambers and Art Taylor with all the wonderful elements of any classic Blue Note album: memorable compositions, strong solos and great feeling. But Capuchin Swing also finds the great alto saxophonist looking toward new frontiers with the harmonically edgy "Francisco." 

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