Jackie McLean – One Step Beyond


This 1963 album was an exciting, innovative fencemender that drew together the warring factions of the hard boppers versus the avant gardists. Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean’s roots reached back into the Forties where he learned from Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. On this album, he wedded swing with freer musical expression, and introduced four giants to the jazz world: trombonist/composer Grachan Moncur III, vibist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Eddie Khan, and drummer Tony Williams, who at 17 years of age was a month from joining the Miles Davis Quintet. The music remains fresh and exhilarating to this day driven by a youngster’s masterful, innovative approach to the drums. An alternate take is added to the original album for this Rudy Van Gelder remaster.

Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Eddie Khan (bass instrument, bass guitar); Toni Williams, Tony Williams (drums).


01. Saturday and Sunday
02. Frankenstein
03. Blue Rondo
04. Ghost Town
05. Saturday And Sunday (Alternate Take)

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