Let Freedom Ring

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This article is about the album. For the book by Sean Hannity, see Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism. For the documentary about hemp, see High Times.
Let Freedom Ring
Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released 1962
Recorded March 19, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:16
Label Blue Note
BST 84106
Producer Alfred Lion
Jackie McLean chronology
A Fickle Sonance
(1961)
Let Freedom Ring
(1962)
Tippin' the Scales''
(1962)

Let Freedom Ring is an album by jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean, recorded in 1962 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]

McLean wrote three of the four compositions. "Melody for Melonae" is dedicated to his daughter (as was an earlier composition, "Little Melonae"), and appeared as "Melanie" on Matador, a later recording that he made with Kenny Dorham. The slower-tempo performance on Let Freedom Ring is notable as being the first time that McLean used "provocative upper-register screams".[2] "Rene" and "Omega" are both blues-related pieces, the former with a standard twelve-bar structure and harmonies, the latter more abstract and modal. The one non-McLean track is Bud Powell's ballad, "I'll Keep Loving You".

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and stated "The success of Let Freedom Ring paved the way for a bumper crop of other modernist innovators to join the Blue Note roster and, artistically, it still stands with One Step Beyond as McLean's greatest work".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives Let Freedom Ring four out of four stars, and includes the album in a selected "Core Collection".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Melody for Melonae" (McLean) - 13:24
  2. "I'll Keep Loving You" (Powell) - 6:18
  3. "Rene" (McLean) - 10:03
  4. "Omega" (McLean) - 8:31

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackie McLean discography accessed January 13, 2013
  2. ^ Bob Blumenthal's liner notes to the 2003 RVG Edition.
  3. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed January 13, 2013
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 979–980. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.