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Jazz Messengers!!!!!/A Jazz Message
     

Jazz Messengers!!!!!/A Jazz Message

by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
 
Impulse Records released only two LPs credited to Art Blakey, both with somewhat generic titles, 1961's Jazz Messengers!!!!, with Blakey's usual group, the Jazz Messengers, and 1963's A Jazz Message, by the Art Blakey Quartet. Half a century later, the two albums make an obvious

Overview

Impulse Records released only two LPs credited to Art Blakey, both with somewhat generic titles, 1961's Jazz Messengers!!!!, with Blakey's usual group, the Jazz Messengers, and 1963's A Jazz Message, by the Art Blakey Quartet. Half a century later, the two albums make an obvious choice for a two-fer CD from the Impulse/Verve imprint of Universal. The former album (Tracks 1-6) is a fairly standard set for the Jazz Messengers of the time, a group then including Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, which is to say that it is a superior hard bop blowing session. For A Jazz Message (Tracks 7-12), Impulse tried something different, convening, on a one-time-only basis for the July 16, 1963, recording date, a group consisting of Blakey on drums, Art Davis on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Sonny Stitt on tenor and alto saxophones. The thrown-together nature of the date is indicated by the reliance on standards like "Summertime" and "The Song Is You," as well as the straight blues called "Blues Back." But the players spark each other, with Tyner getting some excellent solo time (particularly on "Blues Back"), while the spotlight usually falls on Stitt. Blakey mostly contents himself with timekeeping, which throws into question his leadership of the outfit, but as usual, he is a catalyst. The two albums provide different sides of his talent from his prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Impulse Records
UPC:
0600753347003
catalogNumber:
5334700
Rank:
166230

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Performance Credits

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Primary Artist
Art Davis   Bass
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Jymie Merritt   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Art Blakey   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Curtis Fuller   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Dick Katz   Liner Notes
Don Redman   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Art Blakey   Composer,Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Don Raye   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jack Baker   Composer
Bob Ghiraldini   Cover Photo
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Louis Alter   Composer
George Fragos   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Dick Gasparre   Composer
Robert Flynn   Cover Design
Sidney Russell   Composer
Bennie Krueger   Composer

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