October 09, 2012
Not all Blue Note sessions are alike—even though label owner-producer Alfred Lion favored a cookie-cutter approach that resulted in hundreds of hard-bop albums carrying a distinctive, muscular sound. Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's first leadership date for Blue Note was Jackie's Bag—a stand-out album that consisted of two different sessions separated by almost two years. [Pictured above: Jackie McLean]
The first three tracks on the original album were recorded on January 18, 1959 while the second three were recorded for the longer September 1, 1960 session. Two different groups were assembled by McLean for the dates, two different studios were used and two different political climates existed when they were recorded.