'Bout Soul

'Bout Soul
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1969[1]
RecordedSeptember 8, 1967
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreFree jazz
LabelBlue Note
BST 84284
ProducerFrancis Wolff
Jackie McLean chronology
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'Bout Soul
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'Bout Soul is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1967 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] It features McLean in a quintet with trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist LaMont Johnson, bassist Scotty Holt and drummer Rashied Ali. Trombonist Grachan Moncur III guests on three tracks, and Barbara Simmons recites the words on “Soul”.


The AllMusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated:

This is intensely cerebral music that is nevertheless played with a fiery passion. Although the music was all composed, it is played as if it was invented on the spot. Fans of McLean's straight-ahead hard bop, or even of his adventurous mid-'60s sessions, might find this a little off-putting at first, but 'Bout Soul rewards close listening. It is one of McLean's finest modern contemporary sessions

— Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

Track listing[]

  1. "Soul" (Grachan Moncur III, Barbara Simmons) - 10:17
  2. "Conversion Point" (Jackie McLean) - 9:47
  3. "Big Ben's Voice" (LaMont Johnson) - 10:08
  4. "Dear Nick, Dear John" (Scotty Holt) - 4:56
  5. "Erdu" (Johnson) - 5:57
  6. "Big Ben's Voice" [Alternate take] - 9:55 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Schwann Monthly Guide to Stereo Records, 1970
  2. ^ Jackie McLean discography accessed October 18, 2010
  3. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed October 18, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 136. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.