Hard Bop Academy

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Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history. Blakey was not only a distinguished, inventive and powerful drummer, but along with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, he was one of jazz's foremost talent scouts. The musicians who flowed seamlessly in and out of this constantly evolving collective during its 36-year run were among the most important artists not just of their eras, but of any era. Though their respective innovations were ...

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Overview

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history. Blakey was not only a distinguished, inventive and powerful drummer, but along with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, he was one of jazz's foremost talent scouts. The musicians who flowed seamlessly in and out of this constantly evolving collective during its 36-year run were among the most important artists not just of their eras, but of any era. Though their respective innovations were vital to the evolution of bebop, hard bop and neo bop, the recorded work of the Messengers sidemen has never been properly analyzed. Until now. Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers critically examines the multitude of gifted artists who populated the many editions of the Jazz Messengers. In addition to dissecting the sidemen's most consequential work with Blakey's band, jazz musician and acclaimed novelist Alan Goldsher offers up engaging profiles of everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard to Hank Mobley to Wayne Shorter to Horace Silver to Keith Jarrett to Curtis Fuller to Steve Davis. And that's only the beginning. Goldsher conducted over 30 interviews with surviving graduates of Blakey's Hard Bop Academy, many of whom spoke at length of their tenure with the legendary "Buhaina" for the first time. Alan Goldsher is a bassist who has recorded with Janet Jackson, Digable Planets, Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature. His writing has been published in Bass Player, Tower Pulse, Sport and BasketBull: Chicago Bulls Magazine. Goldsher's debut novel, Jam, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press. He lives in Chicago. Hardcover.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
To call Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers a "hard bop academy" is no exaggeration. From 1954 to the leader's death in 1990, the Messengers were a staple in an ever-changing jazz universe. Many of the great practitioners of this style cut their teeth in the band, including Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, and Wynton Marsalis. Drawing on more than 30 interviews, as well as secondary sources, Goldsher, a bassist and writer, presents us with a fan's view of the hard bop sidemen organized chronologically by instrument. While the interviews offer insight into the workings of the band, some eras are not covered in as much detail as they deserve, e.g., the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. And though the writing is fairly lucid and engaging, ultimately, more could have been said. Many of the musicians featured here have been profiled in jazz magazines like Down Beat and Cadence, but this is the first book dedicated to the Messengers. Recommended with some reservation to jazz collections in public and academic libraries.-Ronald S. Russ, Arkansas State Univ. Lib., Beebe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780634037931
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: Biographies and Commentary Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 985,931
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Author's Note vii
Introduction ix
Introduction xi
Introduction xiii
Introduction xv
Preface xvii
Chapter 1 Art Blakey: The Messenger and His Message 1
Chapter 2 High Modes: The Trumpeters 7
Osmosis 9
High and Flighty 12
Focus 14
Search for the New Land 17
The Intrepid Fox 22
Feelin' Good 27
The Shaw of Newark 30
Messenger From Russia 32
Straight Ahead 35
The Heart Speaks 39
Spheres of Influence 43
Trumpet Notes 45
Chapter 3 Noise in the Attic: The Saxophonists 47
Straight No Filter 49
Dr. Jackle 52
Along Came Benny 55
Contemplation 59
Glowing 64
In Case You Missed It 67
William the Conqueror 72
I Heard You Twice the First Time 74
Duck Soup 77
A Jackson in the House 80
Saxophone Notes 83
Chapter 4 Roots and Herbs: The Pianists 85
Yeah! 87
Soulful Mr. Timmons 91
Scorpio Rising 94
Firm Roots 97
Belonging 101
Unlimited 103
Sweetest Sounds 107
Wingspan 110
Naturally 113
Turn Up the Quiet 117
Piano Notes 119
Chapter 5 The Big Beat: The Bass Clef-- Trombonists and Bassists 121
Soulnik 123
Merritt of Distinction 125
Fuller Love 128
Altered Spaces 131
'Broski 133
Melange 136
Wakeup Call 139
Vibe Up 142
Bass Clef Notes 144
Theory of Art: Messengers Pay Homage to Art Blakey 149
The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 155
References 159
Index 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    fun, funny, & swinging

    i'm a jazz messengers fanatic, and this is the blakey book i've been kind of dreaming about...even if you're not a jazz fan, there's enough funny stuff in here to keep you entertained...a must!...

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