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Album Review

The Best of Art Blakey is a fine sampler that boasts good performances of such songs as "Moanin'," "A Night in Tunisia," and "Blues March." While this is certainly far from a definitive portrait of Blakey and holds no interest for collectors and purists, it's not a bad introduction for neophytes. The 1989 CD edition adds the bonus tracks of "Mosaic" and "Free for All" for a total of seven tracks and overall running time that exceeds an hour.


Born: October 11, 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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Invitation: The Best of Art Blakey, Art Blakey
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Dec 09, 1991

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