Jazz Messengers!!!!!/A Jazz Message

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 600753347003
  • Catalog Number: 5334700
  • Sales rank: 157,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alamode (6:46)
  2. 2 Invitation (7:28)
  3. 3 Circus (5:13)
  4. 4 You Don't Know What Love is (7:01)
  5. 5 I Hear a Rhapsody (6:33)
  6. 6 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (4:59)
  7. 7 Cafe (5:34)
  8. 8 Just Knock On My Door (6:58)
  9. 9 Summertime (4:40)
  10. 10 Blues Back (5:21)
  11. 11 Sunday (7:22)
  12. 12 The Song Is You (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Primary Artist
Art Blakey Indexed Contributor, Drums
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
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 II 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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