New Soil

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New Soil
New Soil.jpg
Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released August 1959[1]
Recorded May 2, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 38:31 original LP
44:47 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BLP 4013
Producer Alfred Lion
Jackie McLean chronology
Jackie McLean Plays Fat Jazz
New Soil
Swing, Swang, Swingin'

New Soil is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1959 and released on the Blue Note label.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent... It could be argued that McLean never recorded a bad album for Blue Note, and New Soil got his career with the label off to a terrifically stimulating start".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hip Strut" (McLean) - 11:20
  2. "Minor Apprehension" (McLean) - 7:34
  3. "Greasy" (Walter Davis Jr.) - 7:25
  4. "Sweet Cakes" (Davis Jr.) - 6:46
  5. "Davis Cup" (Davis Jr.) - 5:26
  6. "Formidable" (Davis Jr.) - 6:16 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Billboard Aug 31, 1959
  2. ^ Jackie McLean discography accessed October 15, 2010
  3. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 15, 2010