Jackie McLean records ‘One Step Beyond’ for Blue Note (1963)

Jackie McLean’s ‘One Step Beyond’ is an album recorded on April 30, 1963 with a a vibraphone player in place of the pianist and released the same year by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Saturday And Sunday (Jackie Mclea) – 10:30 . 2.Frankenstein (Grachan Moncur Iii) – 07:32 . 3.Blue Rondo (Jackie Mclea) – 04:52 . 4.Ghost Town (Grachan Moncur Iii) – 14:39

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Jackie Mclean – Alto Saxophone . Grachan Moncur Iii – Trombone . Bobby Hutcherson – Vibes . Eddie Khan – Bass . Tony Williams – Drums

Reid Miles

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion

Package : Bob Blumenthal – Liner Notes . Reid Miles asterisques RVM – Cover Design . Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Cover Photo

Recorded On April 30, 1963 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1963 By Blue Note.


100 Greatest Jazz Albums
It is not difficult to understand why Blue Note had failed to reissue the album for so many years; the music is acerbic, sometimes dissonant and decidedly not for those who like an easy time listening to jazz. Which translates to ‘difficult to market’ from the record company point of view. So, it is pleasing that the interest in jazz is such that this music can get the re-exposure that it deserves. […]

Zappaholic @ RateYourMusic
One Step Beyond is by far the best though. Everybody solos to their hearts content. The music is all messed up but at the same time grounded. They’re like a punk jazz band. I’ll spin One Step Beyond every bit as much as Out To Lunch by Eric Dolphy in the future. […]

All About Jazz
On One Step Beyond that exuberance is very much in evidence, although somewhat tempered by the brooding and dark meditations of Moncur. On “Saturday and Sunday” it is McLean’s mood that is infectious; his typically joyful alto sax solo is followed by an entry from Moncur that in no way changes the tone. […]


Jackie McLean’s ‘One Step Beyond’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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