Jackie McLean – Jackie’s Bag (1961) [Analogue Productions 2010] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Jackie McLean – Jackie’s Bag (1961) [Analogue Productions 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:36 minutes | Scans included | 2,58 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Full Scans included | 2,5 MB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 1,37 GB

Jackie’s Bag is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1959 and 1960 and released in June 1961 by Blue Note. The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4½ stars and stated “the music on Jackie’s Bag finds McLean in a staunchly hard bop mode, with occasional hints of adventurousness”.

Jackie’s Bag is split between two different recording sessions: the first, from January 1959, was the first session Jackie McLean ever led for Blue Note, and the second was a sextet date from September 1960 that featured tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks as a co-leader in all but name. According to the liner notes, McLean’s first date produced only three songs of releasable quality, which are included here. Six tunes were cut at the Brooks session, which were all issued in Japan as Street Singer, and half appeared on the original Jackie’s Bag LP. Given the transitional time period of the first and Brooks’ musical taste on the second, the music on Jackie’s Bag finds McLean in a staunchly hard bop mode, with occasional hints of adventurousness. While McLean’s debut performances are certainly well done, the most distinctive appeal of the album lies in the Brooks collaborations. There are exotic flavors to McLean’s terrific “Appointment in Ghana” and Brooks’ “Isle of Java”; of the newly added bonus tracks, Brooks’ “Medina” has a particularly complex and memorable theme, and his “Street Singer” was actually issued on his own Back to the Tracks album as well. Despite crucial contributions from trumpeter Blue Mitchell and drummer Art Taylor, the real focal point of these performances is the complementary interplay between McLean and Brooks, the latter of whom does a nice job of matching the former’s legendarily hard-edged tone. McLean devotees will want this anyway, but the quality of the Street Singer material pushes Jackie’s Bag far beyond a simple gap-plugging historical release.


01. Quadrangle
02. Blues Inn
03. Fidel
04. Appointment in Ghana
05. A Ballad for Doll
06. Isle of Java
07. Street Singer
08. Melonae’s Dance
09. Medina

Tracks 1-3:
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Sonny Clark – piano (#2-3)
Paul Chambers – bass
‘Philly’ Joe Jones – drums

Tracks 4-9:
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
Tina Brooks – tenor saxophone
Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Kenny Drew – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Produced by Alfred Lion. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on January 18, 1959 (tracks 1-3) and September 1, 1960 (tracks 4-9) at Rudy Van Gelder Studio.
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California.










%d bloggers like this: