Jackie McLean : Lights Out

Jackie McLean : Lights Out

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Jackie McLean (alto sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Elmo Hope (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Prestige 7035

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Lights Out
A2 - Up
A3 - Lorraine
B1 - A Foggy Day
B2 - Kerplunk
B3 - Inding

Recorded on January 27, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

A perpetual favorite among Jackie McLean's earlier recordings, Lights Out finds the hard-swinging young alto saxophonist in 1956 still very much under the wing of Charlie Parker, who had died less than a year earlier. Yet McLean was beginning to find ways out of the seductive artistic security of Bird imitations. For one thing, he was experimenting with tonal variations. For another, he was working with Charles Mingus, and Mingus's genius as a leader included forcing musicians to look deeply into their most cherished stylistic practices.

The McLean of Lights Out is the hot young bebopper with a slightly acid edge to his sound and a solid blues foundation under everything he played. McLean and trumpeter Donald Byrd occasionally engage in the "pecking" technique of mutual improvisation they developed as members of the George Wallington Quintet.

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.

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.