Jackie McLean

Right Now!

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With the exception of a beautiful ballad version of Larry Willis' "Poor Eric," the music here (also available in Mosaic's four-disc Jackie McLean box set) is hard-charging, intense, and fairly free. The altoist was at the peak of his powers during this period and, inspired by the versatile rhythm section (pianist Larry Willis, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Clifford Jarvis), he plays explorative versions of his own "Eco," Willis' "Christel's Tune," and Charles Tolliver's "Right Now"; an alternate version of the latter is added on the reissue. This date offers a particularly strong example of McLean's unique inside/outside music of the 1960s.

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