Jackie McLean: Appointment in Ghana


Appointment in Ghana


Jackie McLean (alto sax)


Jackie’s Bag (Blue Note 42303)

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Jackie McLean (alto sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Tina Brooks (tenor sax), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., September 1, 1960


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Although later influenced by free jazz, Jackie McLean was once the quintessential hard-bop altoist. His Appointment in Ghana clearly puts his signature piercing tone and jaggedly propulsive rhythmic flow on display. The track is also noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Tina Brooks, who impresses with his negotiation of the sometimes tricky chord progressions. Bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, playing with perfect coordination, set up an irresistible sense of swing.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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