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John McLean Clark Sommers Band, Joe Locke, Xavier Breaker - Parts Unknown album flac

Performer: John McLean Clark Sommers Band
Genre: Jazz
Title: Parts Unknown
Released: 2017
FLAC version ZIP size: 1384 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1431 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1176 mb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 580

Includes FREE MP3 version of this album. The seeds of Parts Unknown were planted after a Chicago performance of the duo with the dynamic New York vibist Joe Locke. Enlisting Chicago drummer Xavier Breaker, the group ended up recording this set of original, slippery, joyous and eclectic modern jazz gems. Clark Sommers plays with a rock-bottom, infectious groove. securely steeped in the jazz tradition.

Guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers have long been fixtures on the Windy City scene, each has established a presence and personality apart from the other, and together they've come to be known as an empathetic team, mostly through their work with vocalist Kurt Elling. They exhibit a strong sonic chemistry that's above and beyond in every sense. While playing a gig on their home turf, these two joined forces with vibes master Joe Locke. It was an additive process with a predictably positive outcome, serving as the impetus for this session. Parts Unknown arrives with a modernist slant, courtesy of Locke's dynamic "Blondie Roundabout," but it departs with a bucolic sense of satisfaction reflected by McLean's acoustic presentation on his own "Last Call.

Clark Sommers, Joe Locke, John McLean (2), Xavier Breaker.

Parts Unknown John McLean. 2017 John McLean, Clark Sommers. See All. If I Gave My Heart to You.

01-john mclean - clark sommers band-blondie roundabout. 02-john mclean - clark sommers band-labor day. 03-john mclean - clark sommers band-time window. 04-john mclean - clark sommers band-parts unknown. 05-john mclean - clark sommers band-safe and sound (at the edge of the milky way). 06-john mclean - clark sommers band-all alone. 07-john mclean - clark sommers band-farther from that.

Old Joe Clark is a US folk song, a mountain ballad that was popular among soldiers from eastern Kentucky during World War I and afterwards. Its lyrics refer to a real person named Joseph Clark, a Kentucky mountaineer who was born in 1839 and murdered in 1885. The "playful and sometimes outlandish verses" have led to the conjecture that it first spread as a children's song and via play parties. There are about 90 stanzas in various versions of the song. The tune is in the Mixolydian mode.

Safe and Sound (At the Edge of the Milky Way) feat. Blondie Roundabout feat.

John McLean - guitar Clark Sommers - Bass Joe Locke - Vibes Xavier Breaker - Drums. PRODUCTION: Produced by John McLean & Clark Sommers Recorded & mixed by Vijay Tellis Nayak at Transient Studios, Chicago, IL Mastered by Brian Schwab, Chicago, IL Cover photo courtesy Focus Images Band photograph by Chad McCullough Cover design by John Bishop


1 Blondie Roundabout 8:23
2 Labor Day 5:31
3 Time Window 8:43
4 Parts Unknown 5:30
5 Safe And Sound (At The Edge Of The Milky Way) 6:18
6 All Alone 7:35
7 Farther From That 6:35
8 Last Call 5:49

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – John McLean
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Clark Sommers
  • Copyright (c) – Origin Records
  • Recorded At – Transient Studios, Chicago
  • Mixed At – Transient Studios, Chicago


  • Arranged By – Clark Sommers (tracks: 6)
  • Bass, Producer – Clark Sommers
  • Cover – Focus Images
  • Design [Cover] – John Bishop
  • Drums – Xavier Breaker
  • Guitar, Producer – John McLean
  • Mastered By – Brian Schwab
  • Photography By – Chad McCullough
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Vijay Tellis Nayak*
  • Vibraphone [Vibes] – Joe Locke
  • Written-By – Clark Sommers (tracks: 3,7), Joe Locke (tracks: 1,5), John McLean (tracks: 2,4,8), Mal Waldron (tracks: 6)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 05558 27342 1
  • Label Code: LC 29049