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  Jackie McLean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean (born May 17, 1932) is an American jazz alto saxophonist and educator, born in New York City.
Throughout his career he has been known for his distinctive tone (often described with such adjectives as withering, piercing, or searing), his slightly sharp pitch, and a strong foundation in blues.
McLean was a heroin addict throughout his early career, and the resulting loss of his New York City cabaret licence forced him to undertake a large number of recording dates; consequently he produced a large body of recorded work in the 1950s and 60s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jackie_McLean   (575 words)

 Jackie McLean: Jackie's Bag/Jacknife
Jackie McLean is an example of an artist brought back to his rightful place by the advent of the CD and the reissuing program of Blue Note Records.
McLean himself is near the top of his form on this session as well, and Jack DeJohnette provides the propulsion and energy that he always seems to bring to any project with which he is involved.
McLean was moving into a freer, more modal style of playing, and these sessions demonstrate some of the changes jazz had undergone between 1960 and 1965—soon it would undergo even more.
www.jazzitude.com /bluenote_jackiesbagjacknife.htm   (533 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean's father, John McLean, was a guitarist in Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra.
In the early 1980s he appeared in Ken Levis's documentary film Jackie McLean on Mars, in which he is seen teaching, playing, and discoursing on life and music.
McLean has a raw, urgent style that is grounded in bop but also greatly affected by free jazz.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_mclean_jackie.htm   (141 words)

 Review - JACKIE MCLEAN: Right Now!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Jackie McLean, one of the best and most creative alto saxophonists ever, has been a major force in the world of jazz for over 50 years.
It is one of 8 sessions McLean recorded as a leader for Blue Note between August of 1964 and April of 1966.
McLean absorbed the emotional complexities of the 1960s and produced a work of art mirroring his emotional state.
www.cosmik.com /aaa-archives/reviews/040326_review_jackie_mclean.html   (230 words)

 Jackie McLean
Jackie had previously recorded with Pete La Roca who had a similar ability to tinker with the beat, but Williams was inventing a new kind of jazz drumming on the spot.
McLean is the sole horn as on that LP and he takes the spotlight fully to charge through an emotionally turbulent set of great power.
Jackie himself sounded a little tired on the album though, and this was to be his last real statement for many years.
www.furious.com /perfect/jackiemclean.html   (2905 words)

 CMT.com : Jackie McLean : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Jackie McLean has long had his own sound, played slightly sharp and with great intensity; he is recognizable within two notes.
McLean was one of the few bop-oriented players of the early '50s who explored free jazz in the '60s, widening his emotional range and drawing from the new music qualities that fit his musical personality.
McLean also appeared as a sideman on some sessions for Blue Note, acted in the stage play The Connection (1959-61) and led his own groups on a regular basis.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/mclean_jackie/bio.jhtml   (382 words)

 Jackie Mclean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
JACKIE McLEAN was born in New York City.
Among numerous awards and accolades, Jackie McLean was invited in 1989 to perform in Paris on the occasion of the commemoration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution under the patronage of Danielle Mitterand, wife of the President of France.
McLean was honored by New York City's Uncoln Center's Classical Jazz Series with a special evening in concert, "The Music of Jackie McLean" which garnered rave reviews.
www.philbarone.com /masters/p_mclean.htm   (694 words)

 JACKIE McLEAN: Capuchin Swing (Blue Note)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Despite his love for Parker, McLean nonetheless developed a distinctive voice, marked by a vibrato-less tone, and a penchant for playing slightly sharp.
McLean is also an exceptional composer and musical thinker, skills he developed while working in the late 1950's with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey.
Capuchin Swing was McLean's fifth album for Blue Note, and one of the six titles in the latest batch of RVG remasters.
www.thenightowl.com /reviews/capuchin.htm   (377 words)

 National Initiatives: NEA Jazz Masters - Jackie McLean
McLean's most significant early band affiliation came during the years 1948-49 when he joined a Harlem neighborhood band led by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and including pianist Kenny Drew.
McLean's stints with the Miles Davis band, between 1949-53, yielded his first recording sessions as a sideman and marked the beginning of what became known as hard bop, an advanced progression on bebop.
McLean's first recording as a leader came in 1955, when he cut a quintet date for the Ad Lib label.
arts.endow.gov /national/jazz/masterbios/mclean.html   (477 words)

 NEA Jazz Masters JackieMcLean
McLean's instrumental odyssey actually began on the soprano saxophone, though by the time he was 15 the alto saxophone had become his permanent vehicle of choice.
McLean's stints with the Miles Davis (NEA Jazz Master 1984) band, between 1949-53 yielded his first recording sessions as a sideman (reissued as Miles Davis, The Blue Note and Capitol Recordings, Capitol; Miles Davis, Dig, Original Jazz Classics; and Miles Davis, Odyssey, Prestige).
From that point on Jackie McLean was an acknowledged bandleader in his own right.
www.iaje.org /bio.asp?ArtistID=2   (660 words)

 McLEAN, Jackie : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Jackie's Rhythm Of The Earth '92 on Antilles incl.
The Complete Blue Note 1954--66 Jackie McLean Sessions was a limited edition by Mosaic; McLean was teaching at U of Hartford in the '90s.
Jackie's Blues Bag '97 on Hip Bop by the Essence All Stars was a tribute album with Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Craig Handy; McLean himself returned on Blue Note with Hat Trick '97, a quartet with Junko Onishi on piano.
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/m/M65.HTM   (473 words)

 NIH: Jackie McLean
McLean's ability to swing may in fact be the reason it took jazz critics a long time to give him his due.
McLean, who plays music which is not boring, appears eccentric to them, and he has been discussed by some critics as if he were an eccentric.
That's because, despite the critics, Jackie McLean's skill, exuberance, and concern for his audience have made him a key figure in jazz, both as a player and as a teacher, and people want to hear as much of him as they can.
www.newimprovedhead.com /mclean.htm   (1202 words)

 Observer - Story
It is not just Jackie McLean's considerable talents as a jazz musician and as a teacher that make him so deserving of his recent honors, his former students say, but also the way he opens his heart to his students.
When McLean was recently honored with the renaming of Hartt's Department of African-American Music as The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, "I was very proud of him," says Terry.
McLean's place in jazz was recognized by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who included McLean among 15 jazz musicians interviewed on camera in the acclaimed Public Broadcasting System series Jazz.
www.hartford.edu /NewsEvents/ObserverPast/ObserverSpring01/feature/sfeature2.html   (783 words)

 Amazon.ca: Music: Bluesnik   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Mclean and his group are playing a whole album based on the 12 bar (or 16 bar) blues form, but they approach the blues from a whole different place.
Jackie McLean's "Bluesnik" is one of his best straight ahead bop sessions that he recorded for the Blue Note label.
Jackie McLean is his typical inspired self (did the man ever turn in an subpar effort?) and his solos show a penchant for the blues and convey a very deep visceral and emotional impact.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B000005HC6   (1126 words)

 Jackie McLean- a personal view on the great man
Yet although Jackie is a universally respected elder statesman of jazz, he has never really been given the credit he deserves as an innovator and individualist.
Jackie McLean was for the first part of his career a superior post-Parker bopper, a sharp suited hipster.
Jackie McLean was the first of his generation to cross that line.
www.furious.com /perfect/jackiemclean2.html   (1811 words)

 Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I love the sound of Jackie McLean's alto saxophone, especially up to about 1961 when he began adopting many free elements of jazz in his playing.
McLean plays a full alto, with all the urgency of a dying man trying to squeeze a few more minutes of joy before his life's over.
McLean smokes on the up tempo numbers but downright seethes on the slower ones.
www.cosmik.com /aa-october00/reviews/review_jackie_mclean.html   (262 words)

 Billy Taylor's Jazz | Guest Artist
McLean has a take-no-prisoners approach to his horn and swings hard with a touch of vinegar in his full-bodied and pleasing tone.
McLean went on to record for both the Prestige and Blue Note labels before taking a teaching assignment at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford in 1968.
In response to a question from an aspiring artist on the relationship between jazz and classical music, Jackie draws laughter from the audience by recalling that when he grew up he and his peers considered cowboy and movie music to be classical music.
www.npr.org /programs/btaylor/pastprograms/jmclean.html   (474 words)

 Jackie Mclean Biography
Born: May 17, 1932 New York, NY Boasting one of the most recognizable sounds in jazz since the 1950s, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean is one of only a handful of players from the heydays of bebop still alive.
Through Powell, McLean met Charlie Parker, who proved to be a major influence as the youngster set out to develop his own voice on the alto.
McLean continues to teach music at and serve as the artistic director of the Hardtt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.
www.shopemi.com /bio.asp?artist_id=908   (318 words)

 CATALOG: JACKIE McLEAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
McLean, who began his professional career before he was out of his teens, quickly established himself on the jazz scene in his native New York.
Jackie McLean is a Professor of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, but he is still a world-class player who tours annually in Europe and Japan.
McLean, who was already an established Prestige artist, gave Hardman the spotlight on this 1956 blowing date, recorded with a blue-ribbon rhythm section after the pair left Charles Mingus’s workshop and before they joined Blakey.
www.fantasyjazz.com /catalog/mclean_j_cat.html   (1157 words)

 Jacky McLean @ The Jazz Files
Alto Saxophonist Jackie McLean began his professional career before he was out of his teens.
During the last years of Charlie Parker's troubled life he and McLean were often in each other's company, with Jackie loaning the older man his alto during the last months of his life.
McLean’s horn always produces a plaintive searing tone and his emotion-packed playing makes his a highly individual style and it reflects an interest in several schools of Jazz..
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzMcLean.html   (264 words)

 Jackie McLean: Destination Out
Jackie McLean, having come up in bop and maturing on the cusp of the avant garde, is one of the most recognizable post-Bird altoists, as much Parker’s “The Preacher” as Ornette’s “Lonely Woman”.
In the late ‘60s, as McLean’s contract with Blue Note was winding down and changes (many positive) in the presentation of the music were afoot, he was approached by two students from Connecticut’s Hartt School of Music about the possibility of lecturing on fl music at the school.
McLean was given the status of department head, and went on to hire pianist Jaki Byard and saxophonist Paul Jeffrey as faculty.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=2008   (1285 words)

 Blue Note Records
Mclean is one of the meanest alto sax players to set foot inside Van Gelders studio.
Mclean is a little too sharp but I think he liked driving people crazy.
McLean is so hard, he draws blood on every track and Byrd is so bad, he's on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
www.bluenote.com /detail.asp?SelectionID=9894   (483 words)

 McLean, Jackie --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
From a musical family, McLean became known as a fine altoist in his teens and first recorded in 1951, with Miles Davis, playing “Dig” (also called “Donna”), a McLean theme that became a jazz standard.
A drummer from age eight, he was already a well-known musician in Boston in 1962 when alto saxophonist Jackie McLean invited him to New York City to perform during...
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www.britannica.com /eb/article-9002859?tocId=9002859   (795 words)

 Jackie McLean | Destination...Out!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The lightest piece on the album is (of course!) the one number penned by McLean, “Kahlil the Prophet,” and Moncur’s closer, “Riff Raff,” is relatively conventional compared to his other compositions.
McLean’s destination here seems to be a vein of thoughtful music with a greater breadth of communicative power than was common in much of the music of the time.
McLean, for all the self-advertising of his own adventurousness in the titles of his early Sixties albums (Let Freedom Ring, One Step Beyond, and this one), actually never went as far over the line into “free” playing as did Trane or Ornette.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=2357   (435 words)

 Variety.com - Reviews - Jackie Mclean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, now part of jazz's rapidly vanishing breed of living role models, settled in for an unusually long six-day stand at the Jazz Bakery Tuesday.
Well after his prime period in the 1960s, McLean went into a self-imposed eclipse, only to re-emerge at the end of the '80s with a colossal comeback album, "Dynasty" (Triloka), and new respect.
www.variety.com /article/VE1117905672   (429 words)

 Jackie McLean: The Hard Bop Homepage
A native New Yorker, Jackie McLean was left a musical heritage by his father, John Sr., who played guitar with Tiny Bradshaw.
The incentive to further the heritage was given him by his mother when she bought him his first saxophone.
Even Jackie McLean, who identified himself early on as a bebopper and was sponsored by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis, had [R&B] experience.
www.members.tripod.com /~hardbop/mclean.html   (457 words)

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