Art Blakey : Drum Suite

Art Blakey : Drum Suite


Art Blakey, Jo Jones (drums), "Specs" Wright (drums, tympani, gong, vocals), Sabu Martinez (bongos, congas, percussion, vocals), Candido Camero (congas, percussion, vocals, bass on "Oscalypso"), Ray Bryant, Sam Dockery, Kenny Drew (piano), Wilbur Ware, Oscar Pettiford, Spanky DeBrest (bass), Donald Byrd, Bill Hardman (trumpet), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Ira Sullivan (tenor sax)

Columbia 1002

Impex Records : LP 180 gram

Limited Edition : 2,500 pressings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - The Sacrifice
A2 - Cubono Chant
A3 - Oscalypso
B1 - Nica's Tempo
B2 - D's Dilemma
B3 - Just For Marty

Recorded on December 13, 1956 (B) and February 22, 1957 (A) at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City.

One of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming, Art Blakey 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, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. Recorded in 1956, Art Blakey's Drum Suite is a wonderful hybrid of African, Latin, and hard bop rhythms that prefigures the concept of Afro-beat by at least a decade. The sheer energy, not to mention its very special and fresh-sounding intimacy, make it especially astounding.

Even more amazing is that the three parts of the suite -- Blakey's "The Sacrifice," Ray Bryant's "Cubano Chant," and Oscar Pettiford's "Oscalypso" -- were recorded straight through live, and were only intended to be a pre-take run-through. As is obvious here, Blakey and company nailed the whole thing right out of the box.

Groundbreaking for its time, and still sounding vital, powerful, and visionary, the Drum Suite album is somewhat of a lost masterpiece that deserves a fresh audience.

This Impex LP was remastered by Kevin Gray, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl at RTI.

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