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Buhaina's Delight [2004]
     

Buhaina's Delight [2004]

by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
 

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In 1961, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers had expanded to a sextet, likely his most talented ensemble, and riding on the crest of tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter's vibrant modern compositions and arrangements. This edition features four alternate tracks from a separate session, and all of the wit, verve, and drive that made this band singularly unique and special in the

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In 1961, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers had expanded to a sextet, likely his most talented ensemble, and riding on the crest of tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter's vibrant modern compositions and arrangements. This edition features four alternate tracks from a separate session, and all of the wit, verve, and drive that made this band singularly unique and special in the annals of mainstream post-bop jazz. With Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Jymie Merritt, Shorter, and Blakey, this band is one of the more unstoppable sextets to ever roam the earth, and at this time was coming back from a successful European and Japanese tour, while also conquering the tough-nut Los Angeles nightclub scene. The joyous and sparse quality of "Shaky Jake" -- written by Walton -- with its head-nodding, infectious blues shuffle -- is so simple and refined that it has proven to be timeless. Blakey dictates the up and down dynamics of the similarly shuffled Shorter offering "Backstage Sally," a sweeter but no less direct melody line urged by Walton's precise piano. Where Walton is an accompanist, he is actually cementing the relationship of all the bandmembers, most notably on the rearrangement of "Moon River" with its start-stop attitude and repeat phrasings triggered by the pianist's cues. Fuller wrote "Bu's Delight," a typical but compelling hard bop piece spurred by Blakey's five- and seven-stroke rolls. Of Shorter's other compositions "Contemplation" is a thoughtful ballad accented by the saxophonist's bold, then settled phrases, "Reincarnation Blues" is an easy, albeit off-minor bop shuffle. Hubbard more than replaced trumpeter Lee Morgan, but supplanted him with a different fire and energy, plus a bolder perspective. This contrasted the introspective Shorter in a manner that made the daily sound of this combo unpredictable. During a very fruitful period, this version of the Jazz Messengers made three pivotal albums, including Three Blind Mice, Mosaic, and this exceptional effort, all deserving a place in any serious jazz lover's collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724359242521
catalogNumber:
92425

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Performance Credits

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Primary Artist
Curtis Fuller   Trombone,Group Member
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Cedar Walton   Piano,Group Member
Jymie Merritt   Bass,Group Member
Art Blakey   Drums,Group Member
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Curtis Fuller   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Cedar Walton   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Reid Miles   Cover Design

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