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EDITORS’ NOTES

Always flush with all-stars, this incarnation of drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers boasted several Hall of Fame players and composers, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and pianist Cedar Walton. Recorded in 1964, it was the second-to-last album by this legendary sextet, which also featured trombonist Curtis Fuller and double bassist Reggie Workman. The fierce Shorter-penned title track later became part of the Jazz Messenger songbook and features a soaring solo by its author (with sharp comping by Walton) and an incendiary unaccompanied Blakey percussion concerto. The jaunty Shorter number “Hammer Head” is followed by two pieces courtesy of Hubbard: his own “The Core,” a deeply felt burner, and Clare Fischer’s early bossa nova homage “Pensativa,” which he arranged and introduced to the band.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Always flush with all-stars, this incarnation of drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers boasted several Hall of Fame players and composers, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and pianist Cedar Walton. Recorded in 1964, it was the second-to-last album by this legendary sextet, which also featured trombonist Curtis Fuller and double bassist Reggie Workman. The fierce Shorter-penned title track later became part of the Jazz Messenger songbook and features a soaring solo by its author (with sharp comping by Walton) and an incendiary unaccompanied Blakey percussion concerto. The jaunty Shorter number “Hammer Head” is followed by two pieces courtesy of Hubbard: his own “The Core,” a deeply felt burner, and Clare Fischer’s early bossa nova homage “Pensativa,” which he arranged and introduced to the band.

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About Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

In 1947 Art Blakey formed a short-lived big band that he named the 17 Messengers. He also recorded with a smaller group called the Jazz Messengers. In 1954 Blakey was a member of a co-operative band with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins and Horace Silver. This band recorded in 1955 as the Jazz Messengers with Silver as nominal leader. With minor personnel changes the group remained together until 1956. Subsequently, Blakey formed his own band, calling it the Jazz Messengers, a name he retained for all his bands until his death in 1990.

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