Ken Burns Jazz

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454908924
  • Catalog Number: 549089
  • Sales rank: 67,951

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Confirmation (9:10)
  2. 2 Doodlin' (6:47)
  3. 3 Evidence (6:44)
  4. 4 Moanin' (9:35)
  5. 5 Blues March (6:14)
  6. 6 A Night in Tunisia (11:15)
  7. 7 Free for All (11:09)
  8. 8 When Love Is New (6:05)
  9. 9 Ms. B.C. (6:44)
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Album Credits

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
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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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