Real English Grammar presents grammar in a fresh and student-friendly way, and with the focus on context. It is designed for use in the classroom or for self-study. Each unit engages the student from the start with a passage of authentic text, designed to show how the grammatical or lexical area is used in a real context. An audio CD allows the student to listen to these texts read by native speakers at natural speeds in a variety of accents. Exercises and examples throughout Real English Grammar ensure that meaning, as well as form, are clearly understood.
New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced as they would be in just a few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag – hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis, Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy." Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's "Minor Apprehension," where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry. What's more, drummer Pete LaRoca takes a surprisingly free solo of significant length toward the end of the track.