|Tippin' the Scales
|Studio album by
|September 28, 1962
|Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
| Blue Note
GXF 3062 (1979);
BST 84427 (1984)
|Jackie McLean chronology
Tippin' the Scales is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean. It was originally recorded in 1962, but was first released only in 1979 on the Japanese Blue Note label as GXF 3062, then finally released in the U.S. in 1984 as BST 84427.The CD reissue, released in 1989 and now out of print, added three alternate takes as bonus tracks.
The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4 stars and stated: "Though it's one of the more conventional items in McLean's discography, Tippin' the Scales offers an opportunity to hear the altoist in an uncommonly relaxed quartet setting, playing at a typically high level of musicianship."
Bonus tracks on CD reissue (1989)
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