Jackie McLean

Ode to Super

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This matchup between altoists Jackie McLean and Gary Bartz has always been a bit of a disappointment with the solos much stronger than the material. The title cut, "Ode to Super," (which has vocals from the two co-leaders) is taken from a play, and the originals by McLean, Bartz and pianist Thomas Clausen are not too memorable. Only a torrid jam on Charlie Parker's "Red Cross" really works. A more suitable encore by the two greats is long overdue.

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