Jackie McLean - Wrong Handle (1964)
From Nat Hentoff’s original liner notes:
Wrong Handle is also by Tolliver. Originally it was written for a young lady. The relationship, however, didn’t work out, and so Tolliver changed the title from her name to the presently appropriate Wrong Handle. “Listen,” counsels Jackie, “to the very definite style Tolliver is getting as a ballad writer. The way I hear it, for example, there are dark colors in my mind when I listen to one of his ballads—purples, blacks, dark blues. No light greens or yellows.”
Like Moncur’s The Coaster, Green’s Idle Moments, and Hutcherson’s Mirrors, the early 60s “vibes” are employed here to great effect. This sound helped define an era of Blue Note recordings.