marty sherman:SAY GOODBYE TO JACKIE MAC
Jazz World Mourns Loss of Alto Great
Pioneering alto saxophone player and all-around hep cat Jackie McLean
died at his Hartford, Connecticut home on Friday.
The 73 year-old jazz musician recorded dozens of LPs as a leader and played with some of the heaviest dudes on the Pre-Bop, Bebop, Bop, Hard Bop and Post-Bop scenes.
A native New Yorker, the young McLean began his musical career as a teenager, hanging, playing and copping junk with Miles
before stints with Mingus
and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers
. But his best sides, the classic Jackie Mac, come from the sessions he recorded for Blue Note...Swing, Swang, Swingin’
, Let Freedom Ring
, Capuchin Swing
and Destination Out!
, just to name a few.
Winner of many Downbeat
reader’s poll Awards, Jackie was most proud of his 1959 Downbeat Award for "Coolest Cat", which he displayed above his bed on a shelf made especially for the trophy.
A.) Adieu and fare thee well, Jackie.
B.) I don’t get jazz. It just sounds like a bunch of noise to me.
C.) I like chili mac. That’s where you mix macaroni and cheese with chili. Mmmm.##