Art Blakey - Jazz Messengers!!!!!/A Jazz Message [Remastered] (Music CD)

Release Date: 10 October 2011
Artist: Art Blakey
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Impulse Records released only two LPs credited to Art Blakey, both with somewhat generic titles, 1961's Jazz Messengers!!!!, with Blakey's usual group, the Jazz Messengers, and 1963's A Jazz Message, by the Art Blakey Quartet. Half a century later, the two albums make an obvious choice for a two-fer CD from the Impulse/Verve imprint of Universal. The former album (Tracks 1-6) is a fairly standard set for the Jazz Messengers of the time, a group then including Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, which is to say that it is a superior hard bop blowing session. For A Jazz Message (Tracks 7-12), Impulse tried something different, convening, on a one-time-only basis for the July 16, 1963, recording date, a group consisting of Blakey on drums, Art Davis on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Sonny Stitt on tenor and alto saxophones. The thrown-together nature of the date is indicated by the reliance on standards like "Summertime" and "The Song Is You," as well as the straight blues called "Blues Back." But the players spark each other, with Tyner getting some excellent solo time (particularly on "Blues Back"), while the spotlight usually falls on Stitt. Blakey mostly contents himself with timekeeping, which throws into question his leadership of the outfit, but as usual, he is a catalyst. The two albums provide different sides of his talent from his prime. ~ William Ruhlmann
Release Date: 10 October 2011
Artist: Art Blakey

1. Alamode - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
2. Invitation - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
3. Circus - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
4. You Don't Know What Love Is - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
5. I Hear a Rhapsody - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
7. Cafe - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
8. Just Knock on My Door - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
9. Summertime - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
10. Blues Back - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
11. Sunday - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers
12. The Song Is You - Blakey, Art & the Jazz Messengers


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