JACKIE McLEAN

            Recording Date: 
                November 5, 1988

                Carl Allen               D
                Hotep Idris Galeta  P 
                Jackie McLean       AS 
                Rene McLean  FT,SS,TS 
                Natasha Reeves     B 


Review by Scott Yanow
This is one of the great Jackie McLean albums. After nearly a decade away from recording, the veteran altoist teamed up with his son, René McLean (who triples on tenor, soprano, and flute), pianist Hotep Idris Galeta, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Carl Allen for a very passionate and high-powered live set. Whether it be originals by René (including "J. Mac's Dynasty") or Galeta, a very intense version of "A House Is Not a Home," or Jackie's "Bird Lives," this is dynamic and consistently exciting music. The go-for-broke solos (which transcend any easy categories) and Jackie's unique sharp tone make this an essential CD, one of the top recordings to be released in 1990.

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