4, 5 and 6 [RVG Remaster]

4, 5 and 6 [RVG Remaster]

by Jackie McLeanJackie McLean


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In 1956 Jackie McLean was only beginning to assert himself as a true individualist on the alto saxophone, exploring the lime-flavored microtones of his instrument that purists or the misinformed perceived as being off-key or out of tune. 4, 5 and 6 presents McLean's quartet on half the date, and tunes with an expanded quintet, and one sextet track -- thus the title. Mal Waldron, himself an unconventional pianist willing to explore different sizings and shadings of progressive jazz, is a wonderful complement for McLean's notions, with bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor the impervious team everyone wanted for his rhythm section at the time. The quartet versions of "Sentimental Journey," "Why Was I Born?," and "When I Fall in Love" range from totally bluesy, to hard bop ribald, to pensive and hopeful, respectively. These are three great examples of McLean attempting to make the tunes his own, adding a flattened, self-effaced, almost grainy-faced texture to the music without concern for the perfectness of the melody. Donald Byrd joins the fray on his easygoing bopper "Contour," where complex is made simple and enjoyable, while Hank Mobley puts his tenor sax to the test on the lone and lengthy sextet track, a rousing version of Charlie Parker's risk-laden "Confirmation." It's Waldron's haunting ballad "Abstraction," with Byrd and McLean's quick replies, faint and dour, that somewhat illuminates the darker side. As a stand-alone recording, 4, 5 and 6 does not break barriers, but does foreshadow the future of McLean as an innovative musician in an all-too-purist mainstream jazz world. [An RVG remastered edition of 4, 5 and 6 was issued in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2007
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0888072301559
catalogNumber: 30155
Rank: 60481


  1. Sentimental Journey
  2. Why Was I Born?
  3. Contour
  4. Confirmation
  5. When I Fall in Love
  6. Abstraction

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie McLean   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Mal Waldron   Piano
Doug Watkins   Bass
Donald Byrd   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Brown   Composer
Kenny Drew   Composer
Mal Waldron   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Bud Green   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Bob Porter   Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer,Cover Design
Victor Young   Composer
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Tom Hannan   Cover Design

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