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Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean.
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Jackie McLean.
Courtesy of Blue Note

Jackie McLean artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Jackie McLean was known for his distinctive piercing tone and bluesy sensibility.

July 30, 2008 A veteran of bebop, the fiery alto saxophonist continually developed his modernist style.

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August 18, 2006 A new reissue of a classic '60s jazz album from the late alto saxophonist.

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Jackie McLean, in an undated publicity headshot.

May 17, 2012 Steve Lehman has recorded "Mr. E," a song with many connections to his personal hero, Jackie McLean.

A real skeletal jazz band.

October 27, 2011 Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller."

Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker says he thinks Bobby Hutcherson is a sorcerer.

February 1, 2011 Find out which Mingus album the black-metal drummer calls a "Lovecraftian noir soundtrack."

The cover of Let Freedom Ring

August 1, 2001 McLean followed through on his declaration that bebop artists could break away from the genre.

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