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Album Review

The 1981 edition of The Jazz Messengers featured more than its share of young greats (trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, altoist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist Billy Pierce, pianist James Williams and bassist Charles Fambrough), reinforcing drummer Art Blakey's recognition as jazz's greatest talent scout. This high-quality set, recorded in Paris, includes new material (highlighted by James Williams's "Soulful Mister Timmons"), Wayne Shorter's "Witch Hunt" and the Charlie Parker blues "Cheryl."

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This is perhaps Blakey's best late period recording featuring GREAT personnel w/ Bobby Watson, James Williams and Wynton Marsalis (first recording). The recording also features some great tunes with Watson's "In Case you Missed It", Williams "Soulful Mr. Timmons", Charlie Parker's "Cheryl" and Pamela Watson's "Ms. BC" (for Betty Carter) among the highlights. One of my favorites. FYI - the first two tunes (Oh-By the Way and Duck Soup) are from a different session with different personnel (featuring Terence Blanchard & Donald Harrison)

Album Of The Year

I discovered jazz through Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. I dare any jazz fan to find one selection on this recording that you don't love. I am in debt to this band forever.


Genre: Jazz

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....
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