Love all off Jackie's periods. His early Blue Note stuff is classic- Swing, Swang, Swingin to the more avante garde- Let Freedom Ring, Destination Out. Have all the Steeple Chase stuff too. There's a record called Tune Up that's pretty raw but is super soulful. Old Wine and New Bottles is a later one too, not sure of the label. His recordings in the 80's and 90's on Antilles and the Japanese Blue Note label are all killing. Rhythm of the Earth, Fire and Love, JMac Attack, Hat Trick. Almost forgot the early stuff he did for Prestige- Long Dring of the Blues- he plays a track on tenor. He's the greatest, could go on and on- Jmac on Mars- video and the Connection w/ Freddie Redd. He told me that when he did those Dex sides Dex was pretty intoxicated and was sitting down the whole gig. Gotta check out those early Messenger records too- Night in Tunisia.
I have that TUNE UP album on vinyl !
Jackie had a thing, swingwise, that was the epitome of 1950s NYC.
Growing up around Sonny Rollins, I think, had a big impact, also as he was
the prodigy that everyone in the neighborhood looked up to.
Funny you mention that tenor solo on Long Drink
; I think if Jackie had played
more tenor you would have seen the Sonny/Bird tenor influence more readily.
Bird's recordings on tenor had a deep impact on Sonny, according to many
of the guys who knew him, then(Walter Bishop Jr. being one..).
Both those guys(Jackie&Newk) were around Bud, Bird, Miles, Kenny Drew Art Taylor.
How could you not get it together w/ that kind of impetus ?
Art Blakey .. Monk as musical mentors:shock:
Imagine what inspiration they had being native to that environment and literally
being baptized and coming of age, musically, in those scenarios.
Soulful, raw, and swinging like mad -- he really picked up on those shifting
rhythmic accents that make him more interesting than a Sonny Stitt; even
though Stitt could've probably worn him down w/ the 'licks', in a jam session
Stitt was a lickmeister, for sure, and I love his best moments, but Jackie had
something else that made him sooo great, even when he repeated himself.
That conviction in his phrasing, he got directly from Dexter Gordon who was
also convincing and believable
even when he was 'quoting' or playing cliches
that would sound/seem trite coming from the average player of the period.
They both meant it
from the depths of their souls; Dex and J.Mac