Jackie McLean : One Step Beyond

Jackie McLean : One Step Beyond


Jackie McLean (alto sax), Grachan Moncur III (trombone), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Eddie Khan (bass), Tony Williams (drums)

Blue Note 4137

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A - Saturday And Sunday
B - Frankenstein
C - Blue Rondo
D - Ghost Town

Recorded on April 30, 1963 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

One Step Beyond is Jackie McLean's first of two albums where he replaced the usual pianist with a vibraphone player. As a result, One Step Beyond features a new sound that, while still rooted in hard bop, was more spacious and adventurous than his earlier work and leaned towards post bop and free jazz.

A Young Lion of hard bop in the 1950’s, altoist Jackie McLean became one of the most forward-thinking of the veterans in the 1960s. His sharp sound, passionate tone and advanced ideas combined with a strong musical curiosity that led him to explore freer sounds. One Step Beyond is one of his greatest triumphs on record. Inspired by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane but playing very much in his own emotional style, McLean excels while interacting with the younger musicians on this remarkable set. Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson makes a piano redundant, Tony Williams shows that he was already strikingly original at this early stage. Trombonist Grachan Moncur III matches McLean's passion. Especially on “Frankenstein” and “Ghost Town,” McLean creates otherworldly music that still sounds powerful and provocative nearly 50 years later.

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.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.