New Wine In Old Bottles

ARTIST: The Great Jazz Trio
Hank Jones - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums
Jackie McLean - saxophone

Sound Ideas Studios, NYC

Recorded on April 6 and 7, 1978 at Sound Ideas Studios in New York, this recording documents a unique pairing of hard-bop alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and The Great Jazz Trio - consisting of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. McLean, a native of Harlem in New York City, started playing the soprano saxophone as a teen and quickly switched to the alto saxophone. McLean went on to play with his friend Sonny Rollins from 1948-49 in a neighborhood band under the tutelage of pianist Bud Powell. Through Powell, McLean met Charlie Parker, who became a major influence in his life. McLean made his first recording when he was 19 on Miles Davis’ “Dig” album. In the 1950s, McLean played with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. McLean made his first recording as a leader in 1955 and became a Blue Note artist in 1959. Jackie McLean met Tony Williams for the first time in 1962 when they both played together at a club in Boston. Tony was only 17 years old at the time. Jackie encouraged Tony to relocate to New York and it was Jackie who introduced Tony Williams to Miles Davis, which led to Tony joining Miles’ band in the spring of 1963. In a reunion of sorts with Tony, and backed by the excellent and extremely tight Great Jazz Trio, Jackie McLean plays two of his well-known compositions, “Little Melonae” and “Appointment in Ghana” – the tracks listed appropriately with the word “Again” added on. It is fitting that the album ends with “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker. Sadly, Jackie McLean passed away on March 31, 2006 at the age of 73. His recordings will continue to live on.