Jackie McLean: Climax

Track

Climax

Artist

Jackie McLean (alto sax)

CD

Jacknife (Blue Note 40535)

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Musicians:

Jackie McLean (alto sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Larry Willis (piano), Larry Ridley (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by Jack DeJohnette

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Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, September 24, 1965

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Jack DeJohnette has had a widely varied career primarily as a successful bebop drummer, but he is also an accomplished pianist and composer as well. Performing with projects as varied as Miles’ Bitches Brew sessions to Charles Lloyd’s quartet to Keith Jarrett’s long-running trio, Jack is always reliable and musical while maintaining his reputation as one of the more loose and free drummers in jazz. This track from early in DeJohnette’s career displays him executing a complex groove demanding extreme independence over a tune that he composed for Jackie McLean’s 1965 session.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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