Art Blakey !!!!! Jazz Messengers !!!!!

Art Blakey !!!!! Jazz Messengers !!!!!


Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass), Art Blakey (drums)

Impulse 7

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - À la Mode
2 - Invitation
3 - Circus
4 - You Don't Know What Love Is
5 - I Hear a Rhapsody
6 - Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You

Recorded on June 13 and 14, 1961 at Rudy van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the "message" of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor.

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