Jackie McLean ?– Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Blue Note ?– BLP 4024
RARE, ORIGINAL PRESSING FROM 1959 - 59 YEARS AGO!!!
BLUE AND WHITE LABELS WITH DEEP GROOVES!
47 W. 63RD ST. ADDRESS ON LABELS AND BACK COVER!
"RVG" STAMP IN THE DEAD WAX PLUS "EAR" SYMBOL.
HEAVYWEIGHT CARDBOARD COVER IS IN EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION WITH A STORE STICKER ON THE BACK AND SOME WEAR TO THE BOTTOM SEAM BUT NO SPLITS.
THE COVER IS LAMINATED AND THE LAMINATION IS ALMOST COMPLETELY INTACT!
HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL HAS AN ALMOST FLAT EDGE.
CONDITION IS VG++/EX WITH LIGHT SCUFFS AND PRESSURE MARKS FROM AGE.
THE ALBUM PLAYS EXTREMELY WELL WITH GLORIOUS MONO SOUND AND AN OCCASIONAL POP/CLICK!
One of Jackie McLean's earliest Blue Notes, Swing, Swang, Swingin' parts company with the vast majority of his output for the label by concentrating chiefly on standards (only one of the seven tunes is a McLean original). Perhaps as a result of Blue Note's more prepared, professional approach to recording sessions, McLean sounds invigorated here, catapulting each melody forward before launching into a series of impassioned improvisations. Not that every track is a mind-blowing meltdown -- McLean's playing always fits the mood of the song -- but his total commitment to the material is evident throughout the album. He's also very much the focal point of the quartet, which includes pianist Walter Bishop, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Art Taylor. McLean's unique, cutting tone -- always threatening to go ever so slightly out of tune -- lends a particular urgency to his melody statements and extended notes, highlighted by an intense and swinging version of Cole Porter's "I Love You" and an exuberant take on Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Though Bishop and Taylor are less well-known than their compatriots, they offer active support that helps push McLean even more. Swing, Swang, Swingin' may not be as groundbreaking as McLean's more modernist work, but it's a solid session from an artist just beginning an incredible hot streak.
A1 What's New
A2 Let's Face The Music And Dance
A3 Stable Mates
A4 I'll Remember You
B1 I Love You
B2 I'll Take Romance
B3 116th And Lennox
Alto Saxophone – Jackie McLean
Bass – Jimmy Garrison
Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
Drums – Art Taylor
Liner Notes – Ira Gitler
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Francis Wolff
Piano – Walter Bishop, Jr.
Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded on October 20, 1959.