Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Art Blakey
     
 
His powerful signature sound; the quintessential drive of his quintets and sextets; his irrepressible smiling face behind the drums. With these elements, Art Blakey completely defined the classic hard bop unit. His unstoppably propulsive style of play was forged of the most durable raw material*so much so that it's sometimes forgotten that he had apprenticed in the

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His powerful signature sound; the quintessential drive of his quintets and sextets; his irrepressible smiling face behind the drums. With these elements, Art Blakey completely defined the classic hard bop unit. His unstoppably propulsive style of play was forged of the most durable raw material*so much so that it's sometimes forgotten that he had apprenticed in the big bands of the late Thirties and early Forties. But it was the consolidation of bebop's advances in New York by the mid-Fifties that enabled Blakey to establish his Jazz Messengers. Once on their way, they never veered from the fiery small-combo format. And one great soloist and composer after another joined the unit, burned at his brightest, and then graduated to form his own group.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Hard bop stalwart Art Blakey was arguably the finest drummer in the style, not only gracing countless Blue Note recording sessions but also leading his own group, the Jazz Messengers, which gained a reputation as a training ground for high-quality young musicians. Surprisingly, Ken Burns Jazz neglects the late-'70s/early-'80s edition of the Messengers, which featured a just-out-of-high-school Wynton Marsalis; most of what's here comes from the '50s and '60s version of the band. Given the comprehensiveness of most of the Burns samplers, it's a little disappointing, but what is here is excellent nonetheless, and at least makes for a good introduction to Blakey's Blue Note prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454908924
catalogNumber:
549089

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Performance Credits

Art Blakey   Primary Artist,Drums,Spoken Word
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Charles Fambrough   Bass
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Bill Pierce   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
Doug Watkins   Bass
James Williams   Piano
Jymie Merritt   Bass
Spanky DeBrest   Bass
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Reggie Workman   Bass
Curly Russell   Bass

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Cedar Walton   Composer
Bobby Watson   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Pamela Watson   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pat Sweeting   Business Consultant
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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