Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Sonny Clark, Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on January 18, 1959. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Bob Blumenthal.
By the late 1950's, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean had shaken off any comparisons to Charlie Parker (or other Parker followers), and had become a distinctive performer in his own right. JACKIE'S BAG, assembled from a couple of 1959 sessions, is a fantastic set of hard bop originals with hints of modality (think Miles Davis from this period) and the avant-garde (think Ornette Coleman, who later recorded with McLean). The original release bolstered by three bonus tunes, BAG is full of surging, moody and ominous-sounding jazz with plenty of wonderful solos from McLean, trumpeter Donald Byrd, and the under-recorded saxophonist Tina Brooks.