Hard Bop [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Issued as part of Mosaic Records' Singles series, Hard Bop is given the deluxe treatment here. For starters, this 1957 date -- with altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Sam Dockery, trumpeter Bill Hardman, and bassist Spanky DeBrest -- appears here for the first time in stereo, remastered from the original three-track tapes. Another plus is the addition of four tracks from the same sessions, recorded September 12 and 13, 1956, at Columbia Studios. The original featured McLean's classic "Little Melonae," as well as the steaming Hardman number "Cranky Spanky" and one he wrote with McLean, "Stanley's Stiff Chickens," all of which are fine definitions of what hard bop indeed was. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Issued as part of Mosaic Records' Singles series, Hard Bop is given the deluxe treatment here. For starters, this 1957 date -- with altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Sam Dockery, trumpeter Bill Hardman, and bassist Spanky DeBrest -- appears here for the first time in stereo, remastered from the original three-track tapes. Another plus is the addition of four tracks from the same sessions, recorded September 12 and 13, 1956, at Columbia Studios. The original featured McLean's classic "Little Melonae," as well as the steaming Hardman number "Cranky Spanky" and one he wrote with McLean, "Stanley's Stiff Chickens," all of which are fine definitions of what hard bop indeed was. The bonuses here include three tracks from Drum Suite -- including Gigi Gryce's "Nica's Tempo," Hardman's "Just for Marty," and Mal Waldron's stunner "Dee's Dilemma." It's topped off with "Gershwin Medley" from Originally, released by Columbia in 1981. This is the first place this entire session in all its finery has been assembled. While it's true this was the band right after Horace Silver left, and was still not in its most memorable era, the music here is for the most part flawless and necessary for any Jazz Messengers fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Mosaic Select
  • UPC: 079892744224
  • Catalog Number: 1005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cranky Spanky - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (4:48)
  2. 2 Stella by Startlight - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (8:54)
  3. 3 My Heart Stood Still - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:18)
  4. 4 Little Melonae - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (8:21)
  5. 5 Stanley's Stiff Chickens - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (9:38)
  6. 6 Nica's Tempo - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (8:19)
  7. 7 Dee's Dilemma - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (8:28)
  8. 8 Just for Marty - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (5:48)
  9. 9 Gershwin Medley: Rhapsody in Blue/Summertime/Someone to Watch Over Me [ - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Drums
Bill Hardman Trumpet
Spanky DeBrest Bass
Sam Dockery Piano
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Gigi Gryce Composer
Bill Hardman Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Cal Lampley Producer, Liner Notes
Jackie McLean Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Harold Chapman Engineer
J. McLean Composer
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