McLean, who began his professional career before he was out of his teens, quickly established himself on the jazz scene in his native New York. After recording with Miles Davis at age 19, he worked with the bands of George Wallington, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey. In Blakey’s Messengers he formed an association with trumpeter Bill Hardman. In this set, Hardman is aboard for "Mean to Me," "Gone with the Wind," and the title blues. Arthur Taylor is the drummer throughout while Red Garland and Paul Chambers are two-thirds of the rhythm team on the above titles; and Mal Waldron and Arthur Phipps play piano and bass, respectively, on the other three, among which are the plaintive "Old Folks" and the explosive "Outburst" ("All God’s Children"), both showcases for McLean’s emotion-packed playing.
with Bill Hardman, Mal Waldron, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Arthur Phipps, Arthur Taylor