Listening, Party For Two: 'Air Raid'


L-R: Jackie McLean, Grachan Moncur III and Lee Morgan at the November 1963 recording sessions for Evolution. Photo Credit: Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images, LLC

Jackie McLean, Grachan Moncur III, Lee Morgan

My boss readily admits that she doesn't know a whole lot about jazz. But she lets me write all this nonsense on the Internet, so I'm not complaining. And at least she's willing to learn. So every week, she and I get together to listen to and Instant Message about a different great jazz song.

Inspired by Steve Lehman's new album, which he says is partially inspired by Jackie McLean's work with Bobby Hutcherson (see his interview on WBGO's The Checkout), I pulled one of the recordings which Lehman cites as influential. Here's a track from Evolution, an album at least nominally led by Grachan Moncur III. In listening, we also wish the trombonist a happy 72nd birthday today.

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"Air Raid" from Grachan Moncur III, Evolution. Grachan Moncur III, trombone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax; Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Tony Williams, drums. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Nov. 21, 1963.

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