Jackie Mclean, Destination…Out! (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 07.19.11 in Reviews

Destination Out (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Jackie McLean

One of two albums alto saxophonist McLean made in partnership with Grachan Moncur III, this one (which gave a terrific jazz blog its name) is really the trombonist’s disc — he wrote three of the four tunes, and the music has the same haunted vibe (pun intended, ’cause there’s Bobby Hutcherson again) as Evolution at times. Only the album closer, “Riff Raff,” swings conventionally. The aptly titled “Esoteric” switches back and forth between fierce, Mingus-esque swing and piercing solos by McLean, where Hutcherson and drummer Roy Haynes hammer their instruments behind him. When Moncur begins his solo, Haynes nearly demolishes the kit.