ART BLAKEY

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Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard. He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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ART BLAKEY Discography

ART BLAKEY albums / top albums

ART BLAKEY Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey
Hard Bop 1955
ART BLAKEY The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey With The Original Jazz Messengers) album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey With The Original Jazz Messengers)
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY Ritual (aka The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey aka Once Upon A Groove) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ritual (aka The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey aka Once Upon A Groove)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Hard Drive (aka Right Down Front aka Buhaina - The Continuing Message aka Art Blakey's Jazz Giants) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Drive (aka Right Down Front aka Buhaina - The Continuing Message aka Art Blakey's Jazz Giants)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Hard Bop album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hard Bop
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Selections From Lerner And Loewe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From Lerner And Loewe
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Drum Suite album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Drum Suite
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 1 album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 1
World Fusion 1957
ART BLAKEY Orgy in Rhythm, Volume Two album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume Two
World Fusion 1957
ART BLAKEY A Night In Tunisia album cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
A Night In Tunisia
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers With Sabu : Cu-Bop (aka Messages) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers With Sabu : Cu-Bop (aka Messages)
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk album cover 3.69 | 4 ratings
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey Big Band (aka Drum Thunder aka Art Blakey-Donald Byrd-John Coltrane aka Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band aka Ain't Life Grand) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey Big Band (aka Drum Thunder aka Art Blakey-Donald Byrd-John Coltrane aka Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band aka Ain't Life Grand)
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Holiday for Skins, Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Holiday for Skins, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Holiday for Skins, Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Holiday for Skins, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin') album cover 4.35 | 25 ratings
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Des Femmes Disparaissent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Des Femmes Disparaissent
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1959
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: The Big Beat album cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: The Big Beat
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Les Liaisons Dangereuses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1960
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers : Mosaic album cover 3.92 | 9 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers : Mosaic
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Impulse!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! album cover 1.60 | 2 ratings
Impulse!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: A Night In Tunisia album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: A Night In Tunisia
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY The African Beat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The African Beat
World Fusion 1962
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: Caravan album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: Caravan
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Buhaina's Delight album cover 4.30 | 6 ratings
Buhaina's Delight
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Selections From 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From "Golden Boy" (aka Theme From Golden Boy)
Hard Bop 1963
ART BLAKEY A Jazz Message album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Jazz Message
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: The Freedom Rider album cover 4.66 | 7 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: The Freedom Rider
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Kyoto album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Kyoto
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Free For All album cover 4.69 | 15 ratings
Free For All
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Soul Finger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Finger
Hard Bop 1965
ART BLAKEY 'S Make It album cover 1.75 | 2 ratings
'S Make It
Hard Bop 1965
ART BLAKEY Indestructible album cover 3.39 | 9 ratings
Indestructible
Hard Bop 1965
ART BLAKEY Tough! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tough!
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY Hold On, I'm Coming (aka Abrazame, Ya Vengo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hold On, I'm Coming (aka Abrazame, Ya Vengo)
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY Like Someone In Love album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Like Someone In Love
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY The Witch Doctor album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Witch Doctor
Hard Bop 1967
ART BLAKEY Roots & Herbs album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Roots & Herbs
Hard Bop 1970
ART BLAKEY Jazz Messengers '70 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Messengers '70
Hard Bop 1970
ART BLAKEY Child's Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Child's Dance
Hard Bop 1972
ART BLAKEY Anthenagin (Featuring Woody Shaw & Cedar Walton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthenagin (Featuring Woody Shaw & Cedar Walton)
Hard Bop 1973
ART BLAKEY Buhaina album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buhaina
Hard Bop 1973
ART BLAKEY Blues March album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues March
Hard Bop 1976
ART BLAKEY Backgammon (aka Blues March aka Art Blakey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Backgammon (aka Blues March aka Art Blakey)
Hard Bop 1976
ART BLAKEY Gypsy Folk Tales album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gypsy Folk Tales
Hard Bop 1977
ART BLAKEY Reflections in Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflections in Blue
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Africaine album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Africaine
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY In My Prime Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In My Prime Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY Pisces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pisces
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY Night in Tunisia (1979) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night in Tunisia (1979)
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY A Day With Art Blakey 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Day With Art Blakey 1961
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY One By One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One By One
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & the All Star Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey & the All Star Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Oh - By the Way album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Oh - By the Way
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Originally album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Originally
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Blue Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Night
Hard Bop 1985
ART BLAKEY I Get A Kick Out Of Bu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Get A Kick Out Of Bu
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY One For All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One For All
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY Drums Around the Corner album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Drums Around the Corner
Hard Bop 1999
ART BLAKEY Workshop (with James Moody) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Workshop (with James Moody)
Hard Bop 2001

ART BLAKEY EPs & splits

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Max Roach – Europa Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Max Roach – Europa Jazz
Hard Bop 1981

ART BLAKEY live albums

ART BLAKEY A Night at Birdland, Volume 1 album cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
A Night at Birdland, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1954
ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
A Night At Birdland Volume 2
Hard Bop 1954
ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night At Birdland, Vol. 3
Hard Bop 1954
ART BLAKEY At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers aka New-York 1957 aka Mirage aka Reflections Of Buhainia) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers aka New-York 1957 aka Mirage aka Reflections Of Buhainia)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers : Olympia Concert (aka Paris Concert aka Soul! aka 1958-Paris Olympia) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers : Olympia Concert (aka Paris Concert aka Soul! aka 1958-Paris Olympia)
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 2 (aka The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 2 (aka The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain)
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 3
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 1)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 2)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland (aka Jazztracks aka Modern Jazz Drum Battle) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland (aka Jazztracks aka Modern Jazz Drum Battle)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Blakey In Paris (aka Paris Jam Session) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey In Paris (aka Paris Jam Session)
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland Volume 2
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: 3 Blind Mice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ‎: 3 Blind Mice
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Ugetsu album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Ugetsu
Hard Bop 1963
ART BLAKEY Buttercorn Lady (aka Get The Message aka Rucerdo aka My Romance) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buttercorn Lady (aka Get The Message aka Rucerdo aka My Romance)
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY The Giants of Jazz – Live in London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Giants of Jazz – Live in London
Hard Bop 1972
ART BLAKEY Live Messengers album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live Messengers
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Live At The Renaissance Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Renaissance Club
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY In This Korner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In This Korner
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY The Birthday Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Birthday Concert
Hard Bop 1980
ART BLAKEY Recorded Live At Bubba's (aka Jazz Café Presents Art Blakey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live At Bubba's (aka Jazz Café Presents Art Blakey)
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Live At Montreux And Northsea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Montreux And Northsea
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Keystone 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Keystone 3
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Aurex Jazz Festival ´83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aurex Jazz Festival ´83
Hard Bop 1983
ART BLAKEY New York Scene album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York Scene
Hard Bop 1984
ART BLAKEY Live At Kimball's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Kimball's
Hard Bop 1985
ART BLAKEY New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil
Hard Bop 1986
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Blue Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Blue Moon
Hard Bop 1989
ART BLAKEY Blakey's Theme (Feat. Wynton Marsalis) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey's Theme (Feat. Wynton Marsalis)
Hard Bop 1989
ART BLAKEY Mellow Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mellow Blues
Hard Bop 1991
ART BLAKEY Paris 1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris 1958
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY Live in Stockholm 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Stockholm 1959
Hard Bop 1995
ART BLAKEY Live In The 50's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In The 50's
Hard Bop 1996
ART BLAKEY Just Jazz: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Jazz: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live
Hard Bop 2005
ART BLAKEY Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1972 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1972
Hard Bop 2008
ART BLAKEY Live In Amsterdam November 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Amsterdam November 1959
Hard Bop 2013

ART BLAKEY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ART BLAKEY re-issues & compilations

ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night At Birdland, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night At Birdland, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY Blues March album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues March
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol.1&2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol.1&2
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY The Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Drum Suite (with Slide Hampton Orchestra Feat. Max Roach) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drum Suite (with Slide Hampton Orchestra Feat. Max Roach)
Hard Bop 1974
ART BLAKEY Jazz Messengers '70 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Messengers '70
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Blues Bag (with Buddy De Franco) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Bag (with Buddy De Franco)
Hard Bop 1980
ART BLAKEY Straight Ahead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight Ahead
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey (I Grandi Del Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey (I Grandi Del Jazz)
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Bag Of Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bag Of Blues
Hard Bop 1983
ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night At Birdland, Vol. 3
Hard Bop 1984
ART BLAKEY Theory Of Art album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Theory Of Art
Hard Bop 1987
ART BLAKEY The Complete Art Blakey On EmArcy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Art Blakey On EmArcy
Hard Bop 1987
ART BLAKEY The Best of Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Art Blakey
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey 1968 (aka Moanin') album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey 1968 (aka Moanin')
Hard Bop 1991
ART BLAKEY The History of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The History of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY Orgy In Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orgy In Rhythm
World Fusion 1997
ART BLAKEY Planet Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Jazz
Hard Bop 1997
ART BLAKEY The Concord Jazz Heritage Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series
Hard Bop 1998
ART BLAKEY Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Art Blakey
Hard Bop 2000
ART BLAKEY Quadromania: Out of Nowhere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quadromania: Out of Nowhere
Hard Bop 2005
ART BLAKEY Quicksilver Live At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quicksilver Live At Birdland
Hard Bop 2005
ART BLAKEY The Complete Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia
Hard Bop 2007
ART BLAKEY The Prime Source album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prime Source
Hard Bop 2007
ART BLAKEY Latin & Jazz, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latin & Jazz, Volume 1
Hard Bop 2008
ART BLAKEY Live in Scheveningen 1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Scheveningen 1958
Hard Bop 2018

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ART BLAKEY Hard Bop

Album · 1957 · Hard Bop
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Matt
Just a year after the original line up in The Jazz Messengers the entire band had changed excepting of course for Art Blakey on drums and since Horace Silver had left perhaps it was from default more than ambition that the name became Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers but all jokes aside the new line up for this release of “Hard Bop” being a Quintet did not last long either and never really attained the fame that the following line up to come would when Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, and Jymie Merrit came through the band in the next two years with all of them knowing how to write superb compositions as it was Bobby Timmons who penned their most popular number not all that long after this album being “Moanin”. The folks at Mosaic have rectified this time omission all the same with this 2006 reissue of “Hard Bop” bringing to us this not all that well known or recognised period in the Jazz Messengers history and after hearing this you will realise what a wonderful line up the band contained during this period who recorded some great cracking Hard Bop back in late 1956 for what was originally a 10 inch release being the first five tracks with the following three issued on the album “Drum Suite” with all this combined material included in this cd release being recorded at the same sessions on December 12 and 13th in 1956 including some great compositions from trumpeter Bill Hardman and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean included who both are in this current line up with also Sam Dockery playing piano, Spanky De Brest on bass and of course Art Blakey is drumming.

The Bill Hardman composition “Cranky Spanky” gets things underway in a frantic manner with Jackie, Bill and Sam respectively playing their solos in this delightful high speed Bebop composition with one of the most covered Jazz Standards to follow “Stella by Starlight” and what is nice about this cover is the band comes in mid tempo motoring the track along having a lovely swing with a driving solo from Jackie McLean followed by Bill Hardman on trumpet and Sam again on piano just keeping the Bop coming right throughout it. You may think it is Ballad time for the next being the Rodgers and Hart song my “Heart Stood Still” but one thing for sure with Jackie McLean’s opening solo it is anything but which brings us to the next being the penned composition from Jackie McLean who had already released it earlier on his album “Presenting Jackie McLean” being the Bluesy “Little Melonae” which would become well known in future years which already at this time Miles Davis had recorded but not released with later versions from Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane to come. “Stanley’s Stiff Chickens” is co written by Bill and Jackie to finish this 10 inch album off with once again great superb Hard Boppin’ solos throughout this mid tempo number and the inimitable drum rolls from Art Blakey included. The three remaining bonus tracks included keep up the high standard and a brief drum solo from Art opens “Nica’s Tempo” if that is what you are looking for but as the cd booklet notes suggests for the last track was Art Blakey serious for his “Gershwin Medley” or was it more tongue in cheek, the booklet leans towards the later but still I find, it ain’t bad.

There is no Swing shortage or Boppin’ for that matter, foot will be tapping, fingers clicking on this wonderful early driving release from Art Blakey and one of the album highlights for me is how Jackie McLean’s solo just rips through that ballad “My Heart Stood Still”. Unfortunately all those Blue Note albums seem to have over shadowed this one that was released on Columbia but hopefully people will come to see after a listen what wonderful high speed driving Bop has been recorded here in these two sessions just before Christmas in 1956

ART BLAKEY Drum Suite

Album · 1957 · Hard Bop
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Sean Trane
A dual disc with each side dedicated to a specific style of jazz, the first of which is drum-dominated African and Latin/Cuban jazz and the second to jazz as the Messengers usually do. Two totally different bands as well, but the artwork defiantly points towards the Drum Suite and my fave since it’s the more experimental of the two. Indeed, the Drum Suite band features up to three percussionists on top of Blakey. As for the Jazz Messenger side, it’s the usual suspects.

The four movement drum suite is definitely exciting and enthralling. However the JM side is rather conventional compared to its sibling, this despite the different songwriters

ART BLAKEY Indestructible

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Sean Trane
Of his 60’s albums, Indestructible is one my fave AB works, and I dare say that I’m not the only one to think so. Whether I place Blakey in the groundbreaking ladrs category is more up to debate, though. You’ll find some usual-suspects Jazz Messengers like Shorter, Walton, Morgan, Fuller and Workman, and it was recorded in the spring of 64 and produced by the Lyons and Van Gelder team for the Blue Note label.

Opening on the slightly-modal 10-mins+ The Egyptian piece with Waldon’s pensive piano, the debate soon veers to a brass and wood match, with Morgan, Fuller and Shorter trading solos. The riff-laden 8-mins Sortie is definitely bluesier, but Waldon’s piano is Tyner-ish and provides a slightly modal flavour to complete the A-side, in on of the finer Blue Note black wax face. On the less-exciting flipside, Khadjija is definitely more standard (especially the wind arrangements).

Ever since the late 70’s, this album has a bonus track in the form of the Shorter-penned It’s A Long Way Down, that was recorded during the same sessions, but left off for running time reasons, but it fits more the flipside’s standard mood more than the modal one. Too bad that the album didn’t persevere in its original direction, because it could’ve been a real gem.

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Warthur
Art Blakey's Moanin' is a standard hard bop affair elevated by some fine soloing from Blakey's bandmates. Lee Morgan and Benny Golson are the stars of the show here, with their trumpet and saxophone playing a real highlight of the album, particularly on the opening track Moanin', which truth be told is the album's high point, though Golson's compositional contributions are also worth a mention. Although billed as an Art Blakey-led affair, this is really a group effort by the Jazz Messengers as a whole, and a credible addition to the canon of 1950s hard bop classics. I don't think it quite hits the heights of the best work of Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but it's in the same ballpark.

ART BLAKEY Free For All

Album · 1964 · Hard Bop
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darkprinceofjazz
Power!That is the best way to describe this fantastic, driving hard bop release from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, in fact, listening to this music, one can hear a few times, where the recording equipment can barely handle whats being played, some slight distortion here and there, The title track "Free for All" is the hard driving back bone of the album, A track that comes as close as Blakey ever got to free jazz, The nearly 10 minute "The Core" almost captures the same power, Tenor Saxophonist Wayne Shorter composed the title track and the second track "Hammer Head" a nice straight ahead blues groove number that evens out the enormous power of the album, The sets closer "Pensativa" a Clare Fischer number brings the session to a mellow close with a rhythmic feel reminiscent of Benny Golson's "Whispser Not". As great as Blakey's drumming and Shorter's compositions are, Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really stands out, His pompous brassy tone, and Coltrane influenced runs,"one of the first trumpeters to be influenced by the Saxophonist", Hubbard proves here why he was so highly regarded. Free for all is easily one of the best Blakey albums, and should be in any jazz collection.

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