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Jackie blasts his way through 1991 live session
J. Levinson | Media, PA USA | 12/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jackie blasts his way through this live quartet session recorded in April 1991. His squad is rounded out with strong support provided by pianist Hotep Idris Galeta, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Carl Allen. They open the set with two lengthy jams on compositions by Galeta, the hard-driving "Cyclical" and the melodic "Song for My Queen", followed by a tune Galeta wrote with Jackie's son Rene, "Dance Little Mandissa". Jackie's own "Minor March", Monk's "'Round Midnight", and Jackie's "Five" complete the set. With an average song length of over nine minutes, everyone gets ample room to display their talents. Forty years after his 1951 recording debut with Miles Davis, the passion and intensity the then-58 year-old altoist put into his improvisations is quite impressive."
Veteran altoist in top form on live quartet session
J. Levinson | Media, PA USA | 03/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Veteran altoist Jackie McLean is in top form on this live quartet session with pianist Hotep Idris Galeta, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Carl Allen. 40 years after his recording debut, he remains in prime form, perhaps even increasing the amount of passion and intensity in his solos to penetrate the din of the modern world. This powerful, advanced hard bop performance is a fine addition to his lengthy catalog. Hotep's two compositions provide fine vehicles for his own improvisations as well. As good a place as any for a listener to begin appreciating this talented survivor of the original hard bop era."
R. A. Solomon | 09/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this CD and it is simply extraordinary!!! Hotep Idris Galeta on piano is a joy, and Carl Allen gets to really stretch out. Now that it's back in print, grab it."