'Bout Soul

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'Bout Soul
'Bout Soul.jpg
Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released January 1969[1]
Recorded September 8, 1967
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Free jazz
Length 41:05
Label Blue Note
BST 84284
Producer Francis Wolff
Jackie McLean chronology
New and Old Gospel
'Bout Soul
Demon's Dance

‍ '​Bout Soul is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1967 and released on the Blue Note label.[2]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4 stars and stated "This is intensely cerebral music that is nevertheless played with a fiery passion. Although the music was all composed, it is played as if it was invented on the spot. Fans of McLean's straight-ahead hard bop, or even of his adventurous mid-'60s sessions, might find this a little off-putting at first, but 'Bout Soul rewards close listening. It is one of McLean's finest modern contemporary sessions".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soul" (Grachan Moncur III, Barbara Simmons) - 10:17
  2. "Conversion Point" (Jackie McLean) - 9:47
  3. "Big Ben's Voice" (LaMont Johnson) - 10:08
  4. "Dear Nick, Dear John" (Scott Holt) - 4:56
  5. "Erdu" (Johnson) - 5:57
  6. "Big Ben's Voice" [Alternate take] - 9:55 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Schwann Monthly Guide to Stereo Records, 1970
  2. ^ Jackie McLean discography accessed October 18, 2010
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed October 18, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 136. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.