Tippin' the Scales

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Tippin' the Scales
Tippin' the Scales mclean.jpeg
Studio album by Jackie McLean
Released 1979
Recorded September 28, 1962
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz blues
Length 36:00
Label Blue Note
BST 84427
Producer Alfred Lion
Jackie McLean chronology
Let Freedom Ring
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Alternative cover
1984 US edition (BST 84427)
1984 US edition (BST 84427)

Tippin' the Scales is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean. It was originally recorded in 1962, but was first released only in 1979 on the Japanese Blue Note label as GXF 3062, then finally released in the U.S. in 1984 as BST 84427.[1] The CD reissue, released in 1989 and now out of print, added three alternate takes as bonus tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4 stars and stated: "Though it's one of the more conventional items in McLean's discography, Tippin' the Scales offers an opportunity to hear the altoist in an uncommonly relaxed quartet setting, playing at a typically high level of musicianship."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tippin' the Scales" (McLean) - 6:03
  2. "Rainy Blues" (McLean) - 5:13
  3. "Nursery Blues" (Sonny Clark) - 6:38
  4. "Nicely" (Clark) - 6:29
  5. "Two for One" (Clark) - 6:04
  6. "Cabin in the Sky" (Vernon Duke) - 5:33

Bonus tracks on 1989 CD reissue:

  1. "Tippin' the Scales" [Alternate Take]
  2. "Two for One"[Alternate Take 1]
  3. "Two for One" [Alternate Take 2]



  1. ^ Jackie McLean discography, accessed October 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 18, 2010.