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Jackie McLean – A Fickle Sonance (2020 24/96 FLAC)

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Jackie McLean - A Fickle Sonance (2020 24/96 FLAC)

Jackie McLean – A Fickle Sonance (2020 24/96 FLAC)

Artist: Jackie McLean
Album: A Fickle Sonance
Release/Reissue: 2020
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop

A1. Five Will Get You Ten
A2. Subdued
A3. Sundu
B1. A Fickle Sonance
B2. Enitnerrut
B3. Lost

Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was one of the few jazz players to come up through bebop and incorporate free jazz into his style. Even though A Fickle Sonance preceded McLean’s intense 1962 album Let Freedom Ring, the playing remained in a swinging blues-oriented style, showing no hint of the direction his music was about to take. The sidemen on the date (Tommy Turrentine [trumpet], Sonny Clark [piano], and Butch Warren [bass]) prove to be an invigorating combination of musicians, however not as involved in the burgeoning free music as drummer Billy Higgins. At the time of these sessions, Higgins had already played with Ornette Coleman, providing a link to the avant-garde, but nevertheless his playing follows the hard bop pace of the others. McLean provides two original compositions, “Subdued” and the title track, while Clark, Turrentine, and Warren fill the remaining tracks.

Alto Saxophone – Jackie McLean
Bass – Butch Warren
Drums – Billy Higgins
Piano – Sonny Clark
Trumpet – Tommy Turrentine