Wikipedia : This day (March 31, 2006), in Hartford, Connecticut, died John Lenwood ‘Jackie’ McLean, an American jazz alto saxophonist.
@hardbop : Jackie states that Bud Powell is my inspiration. In those afternoon sessions Bud taught him chord changes and imparted the important lesson of time. It was in 1951 that Jackie made his first recordings. These can be heard on Miles Davis’s Dig.
@allmusic : Jackie McLean has long had his own sound, played slightly sharp and with great intensity; he is recognizable within two notes.
@last.fm : As a young man McLean also recorded with Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus, George Wallington, and as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (he reportedly joined the Jazz Messengers after being punched by the notoriously violent Mingus and, fearing for his life, brandished a knife and contemplated stabbing him).