Vertigo (Jackie McLean album)

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Vertigo
Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released 1980
Recorded June 14, 1962
February 11, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:48 original LP
76:07 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
LT 1085
Producer Alfred Lion
Jackie McLean chronology
Tippin' the Scales
(1962)
Vertigo
(1962-63)
One Step Beyond
(1963)
Alternative cover
2000 CD edition

Vertigo is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1962 and 1963 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1980.[1] The original 1980 release contained only the five tracks from 1963 (with the additional track "Formidable" from 1959, later released as a bonus track on New Soil), whilst the later 2000 limited CD edition, released as part of the "Connoisseur Series", added six tracks from the 1962 session originally marked for release as Jackie McLean Quintet (BLP 4116), first issued in 1978 as part of a double LP titled Hipnosis.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "the music ranges from catchy funk and hard bop to strong hints of the avant-garde".[2] The JazzTimes review by Bill Shoemaker said "McLean really doesn't stray far from the winning Blue Note formula of smartly constructed hard bop and blues on the date, which, given the groundswell stemming from One Step Beyond and Destination... Out! explains why the date was withheld".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jackie McLean except as indicated

Original 1980 LP

  1. "Marney" (Byrd, Herrmann) - 6:17
  2. "Dusty Foot" - 6:57
  3. "Formidable" - 6:16
  4. "Vertigo" - 8:20
  5. "Cheers" - 4:56
  6. "Yams" (Hancock) - 8:02

Recorded on May 9, 1959 (#3) and February 11, 1963 (all others).

2000 Limited CD

  1. "Marney" (Byrd, Herrmann) - 6:17
  2. "Dusty Foot" (Byrd) - 6:57
  3. "Vertigo" - 8:20
  4. "Cheers" - 4:56
  5. "Yams" (Hancock) - 8:02
  6. "The Three Minors" - 6:05
  7. "Blues in a Jiff" (Clark) - 7:12
  8. "Blues for Jackie" (Kenny Dorham) - 7:53
  9. "Marilyn's Dilemma" (Billy Higgins) - 5:03
  10. "Iddy Bitty" - 8:17
  11. "The Way I Feel" (Butch Warren) - 7:05

Recorded on June 14, 1962 (#6-11) and February 11, 1963 (#1-5).

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1-5

Tracks 6-11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackie McLean discography accessed October 15, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 15, 2010
  3. ^ Shoemaker, B. JazzTimes Review, June 2000