Getting into Jackie’s Bag

Jackie McLean

“Lights Out”

Lights Out! (Prestige, 1956)

Except for his work with Miles Davis, this was the first Jackie McLean album—and song—that I ever heard. Listening to him play that blues, which was very melancholy, had a certain mystery that drew me in. I remember listening to it in the dark, playing along with it and just hearing

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