Lights Out!

               Recording Date:
                    July 27, 1956

                   Jackie McLean  A
                   Donald Byrd      TP
                   Elmo Hope        P
                   Doug Watkins    B
                   Arthur Taylor    D


Reviewby Scott Yanow
Altoist Jackie McLean's second session as a leader is reissued on this CD. The music that he makes with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Elmo Hope, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor is essentially hard bop with fairly simple (or in some cases nonexistent) melody statements preceding two romps through the "I Got Rhythm" chord changes, a pair of blues, a thinly disguised "Embraceable You" and a straightforward version of "A Foggy Day." Enjoyable if not really essential music from the up-and-coming altoist.

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