A perpetual favorite among Jackie McLean's earlier recordings, Lights Out finds the hard-swinging young alto saxophonist still very much under the wing of Charlie Parker. Yet McLean was beginning to find ways out of the seductive artistic security of Bird imitations. For one thing, he was working with Charles Mingus, and Mingus's genius as a leader included forcing musicians to look deeply into their most cherished stylistic practices. Originally released in 1957, Lights Out has been transferred to SACD by Analogue Productions and is offered in unique "mini LP" jacket packaging.
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