At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
This is Art Blakey's early period Jazz Messengers featuring trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Doug Watkins, and pianist Horace Silver. This first volume of live performance from the Cafe Bohemia in New York City circa late 1955 is a rousing set of hard bop by the masters who signified its sound, and expanded on the language of modern jazz. There are three bonus CD tracks not on the original LP that further emphasize not only the inherent power of Blakey's band and drumming, but demarcate the simplicity of melodic statements that were a springboard for the fantastic soloing by these individuals who would follow those tuneful lines. Dorham is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
This is Art Blakey's early period Jazz Messengers featuring trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Doug Watkins, and pianist Horace Silver. This first volume of live performance from the Cafe Bohemia in New York City circa late 1955 is a rousing set of hard bop by the masters who signified its sound, and expanded on the language of modern jazz. There are three bonus CD tracks not on the original LP that further emphasize not only the inherent power of Blakey's band and drumming, but demarcate the simplicity of melodic statements that were a springboard for the fantastic soloing by these individuals who would follow those tuneful lines. Dorham is responsible for this edict, as he contributes three of the selections, including the staccato-accented melody of "Minor's Holiday" primed by a thumping intro via Blakey, "Prince Albert" with its by now classic and clever reharmonization of "All the Things You Are," and the perennial closer of every set "The Theme," with its brief repeat melody and powerhouse triple-time bop break. Mobley wrote the scattered melody of "Deciphering the Message," heard here at length for the first time, although it was later available in its original shortened studio form on the reissued Columbia CD Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. The tenor man gets his feature on the quarter-speed slowed ballad version of "Alone Together," which altogether sounds pining and blue to the nth degree. Standards like Fletcher Henderson's "Soft Winds" seemed merely a simple and lengthy warmup tune, but Tadd Dameron's "Lady Bird" is an absolute workout, with variations abounding on the intro, first and second run-throughs of the melody, and some harmonic twists. Watkins is featured on the lead line of "What's New?," which again combines melancholy with that slightest spark of hope. If this is indeed in chronological order as a first set from the November 13, 1955 performances, it wets the whistle and leaves the listener wanting more, knowing the best is yet to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353214821
  • Catalog Number: 32148
  • Sales rank: 46,641

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Announcement by Art Blakey (1:32)
  2. 2 Soft Winds (12:34)
  3. 3 The Theme (6:11)
  4. 4 Minor's Holiday (9:11)
  5. 5 Alone Together (4:15)
  6. 6 Prince Albert (8:51)
  7. 7 Lady Bird (7:30)
  8. 8 What's New? (4:31)
  9. 9 Deciphering the Message (10:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Art Blakey Indexed Contributor, Drums
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
The Jazz Messengers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Art Blakey Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Howard Dietz Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
John Hermansader Cover Design
Bob Bluementhal Liner Notes
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