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Album Review

Early period Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers recordings hint at greater things to come in the '60s and are potent reminders of Blakey's taste level and skill as a bandleader, but also give a great overall view of how the music was changing from bop to hard bop. These sessions from 1956-1958 have been in and out of print several times, and ostensibly feature the second and third editions of the Messengers, including saxophonists Jackie McLean (on his famous "Little Melonae") and Hank Mobley ("Hank's Symphony" is a classic), as well as trumpeters Lee Morgan (his priceless reading of "I Remember Clifford" is here) and Donald Byrd. The Bobby Timmons evergreen "Moanin'" kicks things off. This material, while not essential, has become revered among the cognoscenti over time, and should be in every modern jazz collection. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: 11 October 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

In the '60s, when John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman were defining the concept of a jazz avant-garde, few knowledgeable observers would have guessed that in another 30 years the music's mainstream would virtually bypass their innovations, in favor of the hard bop style that free jazz had apparently supplanted. As it turned out, many listeners who had come to love jazz as a sophisticated manifestation of popular music were unable to accept the extreme esotericism of the avant-garde; their tastes were...
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This Is Jazz #28, Art Blakey
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  • 7,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 05 May 1997

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