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Jackie McLean – Capuchin Swing


Capuchin Swing is Jackie’s dedication to Mr. Jones, the McLean family’s pet monkey, pictured on the cover. After a mention like this, Mr. Jones is bound to get “Star eyes”. This has been Jackie McLean’s year. He has done a remarkable job, both acting and playing.

Jackie McLean doesn’t fool around. The music from deep within him reaches out and grabs you. He expresses himself with such a vital, compelling sound that he has the power to lift your spirit as he soars aloft on a plane of genuine emotion.

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook
One of Jackie McLean’s more underrated albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960’s Capuchin Swing finds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While his future fascination with Ornette Coleman’s free-form innovations can be sensed in some of the solos here, the majority of the album is in a classic hard bop vein. Like contemporaries Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Lee Morgan, though, McLean doesn’t just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing ballads, McLean focuses on mid- to fast-tempo swingers and blues. Standouts include originals like “Francisco” and “Condition Blue” and choice renditions of “Just for Now” and “Don’t Blame Me.” McLean enlists a sparkling lineup of hard bop stars, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. Mitchell particularly impresses, matching many of McLean’s own inspired flights with his supple and progressive playing. Along with other fine Blue Note titles like Jackie’s Bag and Bluesnik, Capuchin Swing makes for a great introduction to McLean’s extensive catalog.


1. Francisco
2. Just for Now
3. Don’t Blame Me
1. Condition Blue
2. Capuchin Swing
3. On the Lion



Additional information

Weight 0.700 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm