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Incredible Jazz Records + the original analog master tapes + cut at 45 RPM + mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech + pressed on two 180-gram virgin vinyl LPs by RTI = THE ULTIMATE LP REISSUE!
The same formula that made the Fantasy 45 Series perhaps the most successful
audiophile reissue collection ever is now being reapplied to Blue Note reissues!
New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it
was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimpses of
McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're
subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced, as they would be in just a
few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag –
hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning
to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more
angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces
like McLean's 11-minute vamp, "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis Jr.'s
infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy." Coleman's influence is most apparent on
McLean's "Minor Apprehension," where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme
is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry.
• Numbered & Limited to 2500 copies
• Original analog master tapes
• 45 RPM
• Two 180g Virgin Vinyl LPs
• Mastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
• Pressed by RTI
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Paul Chambers, bass
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Pete LaRoca, drums
1. Hip Strut
2. Minor Apprehension
4. Sweet Cakes
5. Davis Cup