Midwest Record Entertainment REVIEW

STEVEN LUGERNER & JACKNIFE / The Music of Jackie McLean: Even though he was one of the few jazzbos that made it to a ripe old age, Jackie McLean seems to have faded from view a long time ago. Saxophonist Steven Lugerner never got to meet McLean but he was touched enough by the post bopper to craft one of those tip of the cap sets that isn’t a tribute or a homage and seems to be imbued with so much more. Clearly a cat that had enough of a recorded legacy to make him ripe for rediscovery, the eclectically minded sax man turns another corner with this set and fearlessly reinvigorates the classics without looking back. Everyone here is on the money and this is destined to be a classic iteration of some classic stuff. Well done.