Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Walter Bishop Jr. (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 2, 1959. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Ron McMaster.
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Who better than the perennially hip Jackie McLean to title an album SWING, SWANG, SWINGIN'? That's just what you get with this bopping set of standards for Blue Note from 1959. McLean's soulful alto wail is primed on this session that also offers classic performances from Walter Bishop Jr., Jimmy Garrison (before his legendary stint with Coltrane), and stalwart Art Taylor. From the deep swing of "What's New" to the bouncing mambo/swing take of Cole Porter's "I Love You," this is a golden disc that will complete any hard bop fan's collection. More than just a blowing session, this is the very definition of great jazz in the classic tradition.