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Jackie McLean Bluesnik Blue Note Classic 180 Gram Vinyl Series

Jackie McLean Bluesnik Blue Note Classic 180 Gram Vinyl Series

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Jackie McLean had the blues on his mind when he went into the Van Gelder Studio in 1961 to record his hard bop masterpiece Bluesnik?with a blazing quintet featuring Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Kenny Drew (piano), Doug Watkins (bass),& Pete La Roca (drums)

Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was already a veteran of the NYC jazz scene by the time he began recording as a leader for Blue Note in 1959. In his first few years with the label McLean recorded frequently, churning out hard bop classics in quick succession. The culmination of this period is undoubtedly Bluesnik, a vibrant 1961 session that brims with immediacy.

McLean had the blues on his mind when he entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio that January with a formidable quintet featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Kenny Drew on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Pete La Roca on drums. Throughout the course of six original blues pieces the band goes from strength to strength, blazing out of the gate on McLean's title tune and moving through every hue of blue from the leader's shuffling "Goin' Way Blues" to the pianist's bright theme "Drew's Blues" and Hubbard's no-nonsense "Blues Function."

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.


Side A
1. Bluesnik
2. Goin' 'Way Blues
3. Drew's Blues

Side B
1. Cool Green
2. Blues Function
3. Torchin'