The Jazz Messengers : Hard Bop

The Jazz Messengers : Hard Bop


Jackie McLean (alto sax), Bill Hardman (trumpet), Sam Dockery (piano), Spanky deBrest (bass), Art Blakey (drums)

recorded in 1956

Columbia 1040

Impex Records : LP 180 gram

Limited Edition : 2,500 pressings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Cranky Spanky
A2 - Stella By Starlight
A3 - My Heart Stood Still
B1 - Little Melonie
B2 - Stanley's Stiff Chickens

Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time have passed through Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter and Donald Byrd, among many others. However brief their stay, working with the demanding and full-throttle drummer not only increased their visibility, but also their chops and interpretive capacity. Blakey's ability to drum up the best players in the game may have even eclipsed his superhuman ability to play drums.

Altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Bill Hardman, bassist Spanky deBrest, and pianist Sam Dockery deliver whole-bop goodness on five propulsive, fiery tracks. True to its title, this LP bops hard, with a ferocious swing, boundless energy and telepathic communication between players - especially Blakey and Hardman. Considering the rhythmic demands of Blakey's locomotive playing style, this was an incredible achievement.

Impex Records has cut this gorgeous 180-gram LP with the original analog mono master tapes and without computer processing of any kind. You hear all the vivacious interplay that occured on that weekend in 1957 when Blakey and crew forged a bold new vision of muscular, funky jazz. This is music that still resonates over 50 years later. Not to be missed!

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