One Step Beyond (Jackie McLean album)

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One Step Beyond
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Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released January 1964[1]
Recorded April 30, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 37:33
Label Blue Note
BST 84137
Producer Alfred Lion
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One Step Beyond is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1963 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] This is the first of two albums where McLean replaced the usual pianist with a vibraphone player. As a result, One Step Beyond features a new sound that, while still rooted in hard bop, was more spacious and adventurous than his earlier work and leaned towards post bop and free jazz.

The CD release contains one alternate take as a bonus track.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 5 stars and stated: "One Step Beyond may have been the first volley McLean fired in the direction of the new jazz, and played it safe enough to ride out the hard bop he helped to create, but he cannot be faulted as a bandleader, as this music still sounds fresh, vital, and full of grainy mystery."[3]

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

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jackie McLean except as indicated
  1. "Saturday and Sunday" - 10:30
  2. "Frankenstein" (Grachan Moncur III) - 7:32
  3. "Blue Rondo" - 4:52
  4. "Ghost Town" (Moncur) - 14:39
  5. "Saturday and Sunday" [Alternate Take] - 8:32 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 1, 1964
  2. ^ Jackie McLean discography, accessed October 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic review, accessed October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 136. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.