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Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers At Birdland (Live) [Remastered]

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24-bit remaster of 1963 live jazz classic

Art Blakey’s June, 1963 Birdland date with the Jazz Messengers (Freddie Hubbard-trumpet; Curtis Fuller-trombone; Wanye Shorter-tenor sax; Cedar Walton-piano; Reggie Workan-bass; Art Blakey-drums) has been reissued several times before, and deservedly so. This was one of Blakey’s best line-ups of a band that had a wealth of talented musicians pass through its ranks. It’s also a superb live date, supplemented by the introduction of original material that remained in the group’s repertoire for years. This latest CD reissue features a fresh 24-bit remaster by Joe Tarantino, new liner notes by Neil Tesser (in addition to the original notes by Ed Sherman and Orin Keepnews) and a fourth bonus track to augment the three offered on previous editions. The sound quality of this recording has always been very good, though not great; the soloists are crisp and out front (Fuller and Hubbard, in particular, really shine), but the backing combo can get a bit muddy when Blakey really gets moving. The previously unreleased track is a cover of George Shearing’s late-40s classic “Conception,” featuring both drum and bass solos, and interesting unison horn playing. This album remains a real treat for jazz fans, and with a new 24-bit master and an added bonus track, it’s a tempting update even for those who own another recent digital edition. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]


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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Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers At Birdland (Live) [Remastered], Art Blakey
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Nov 11, 1998

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