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Album · 1961

Filed under Hard Bop
By ART BLAKEY

Tracklist

A1 Alamode 6:40
A2 Invitation 7:25
A3 Circus 5:12
B1 You Don't Know What Love Is 6:55
B2 I Hear A Rhapsody 6:30
B3 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You 5:00

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Jymie Merritt
Drums – Art Blakey
Piano – Robert H. Timmons
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trombone – Curtis Fuller
Trumpet – Lee Morgan

About this release

Impulse! – A-7 (US)

Recorded at the Van Gelder studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, June 13 & 14, 1961

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This line-up of The Jazz Messengers (Blakey, Fuller, Morgan, Shorter, Timmons, Merritt) is a very special line-up. It is the first line-up as a sextet, adding master-trombonist Fuller to the line-up. It will also be the last one with Bobby Timmons, who will be replaced by Cedar Walton on the next albums.

Fuller not only shows his soulful trombone-playing but also writes the first composition on this record, showing how good a composer he actually is.

The weirdest thing about this album, is that the only original is said composition by Fuller. All the others (who are excellent composers) have not contributed. All the other five compositions are standards.

But the band really know how to play these standards, with that special Jazz Messengers-sound. They all sound nothing like we've heard before. I must say that this is the most beautiful version of Invitation I have heard uptil now.

The playing on this album is more than excellent. The album is full force Hard Bop wich is kind of odd, as it is released on Impulse!. One would expect a more out-there album, but on the other hand, what would you expect of a Jazz Messengers album.

An unique album in the history of hardbop as it pairs Fuller and Timmons, who both have a very soulful and bluesy approach.

The solo's of Morgan and Shorter are also of very high standard and the whole album sounds warm and cosy. This is really an underrated and lesser known Jazz-Messengers album, but I can sure recommend it to anyone.

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