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Jackie McLean and The MacBand: Fire & Love

In this instance the fervent, acid-washed alto saxophone of grandmaster Jackie McLean encounters six of his keenest pupils, notably including son Rene on tenor. Rene, who has been bringing Mac-brand musical gospel and wisdom to lucky South African students for a number of years, is a welcome addition to the MacBand. Joining them are five of Jackie’s post-grad pupils from his mission at the University of Hartford (celebrating its 30th year): trombonist Steve Davis (himself a recording artist to be reckoned with);trumpeter Raymond Williams, the youngest member of the crew; slick pianist Alan Jay Palmer; bassist Phil Bowler; and the precocious young drummer Eric McPherson.

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