Personalities | Jackie McLean | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Alto saxophone, 1931–2006)
Jackie McLean worked with Sonny Rollins and practised with Bud Powell as a teenager. His invention and passionate delivery on alto saxophone attracted collaborations with Miles Davis (1951–52), Charles Mingus (1956, 1958–59) and Art Blakey (1956–57). He recorded a series of albums for Prestige and acted in Jack Gelber’s play The Connection (1959–61). His powerful recordings for Blue Note in the early 1960s were more experimental. He became an eminent jazz educator in later decades.
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