Makin' the Changes features altoist Jackie McLean in two different settings. On three selections -- a rollicking "Bean and the Boys," an up-tempo "I Never Knew" and "I Hear a Rhapsody" -- McLean teams up with pianist Mal Waldron in a quartet with bassist Arthur Phipps and drummer Art Taylor. The other three numbers ("What's New," " "Chasin' the Bird" and McLean's original "Jackie's Ghost") have more of a jam session feel, and feature McLean in a sextet with trumpeter Webster Young, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Gil Coggins, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Louis Hayes.
In general, the hard bop music is swinging and fairly advanced, a step above the usual jam sessions of the time.
|Bean and the Boys / Coleman Hawkins||Jackie McLean||8:30|
|What's New? / Johnny Burke / Bob Haggart||Jackie McLean||7:07|
|I Never Knew / Gus Kahn / Ted Fio Rito||Jackie McLean||2:57|
|I Hear a Rhapsody / Jack Baker / George Fragos / Dick Gasparre||Jackie McLean||5:05|
|Jackie's Ghost / Ray Draper||Jackie McLean||5:25|
|Chasin' the Bird / Charlie Parker||Jackie McLean||6:34|