Cover art included, liner notes not included
One of Jackie McLean's albums from a plethora of Blue Note releases, 1960'sfinds the bebop alto saxophonist in fine form on a mix of covers and originals. While his future fascination with '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 , , and , though, doesn't just churn out pat jam-session fare, but comes up with consistently provocative charts and solos. Eschewing ballads, 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." enlists a sparkling lineup of hard bop stars, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist , bassist , and drummer . Mitchell particularly impresses, matching many of 's own inspired flights with his supple and progressive playing. Along with other fine Blue Note titles like and Bluesnik, makes for a great introduction to 's extensive catalog.