Soul Finger

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Soul Finger, released on Limelight in 1965 marks Lee Morgan's and Freddie Hubbard's final studio appearances as members of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Morgan had been an on-again-off-again member since the 1950s, but his tenure with Blakey through the early 1960s remained fairly constant. The set also includes a young John Hicks on piano, bassist Victor Sproles, and veteran saxophonist Lucky Thompson. While this set may lack the sheer high-energy crackle of some of the Jazz Messengers Blue Note dates, there is quite a bit to enjoy here. The title tracks kicks the joint off in bluesy style with the three-horn front line in a slightly dissonant intro before moving in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Soul Finger, released on Limelight in 1965 marks Lee Morgan's and Freddie Hubbard's final studio appearances as members of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Morgan had been an on-again-off-again member since the 1950s, but his tenure with Blakey through the early 1960s remained fairly constant. The set also includes a young John Hicks on piano, bassist Victor Sproles, and veteran saxophonist Lucky Thompson. While this set may lack the sheer high-energy crackle of some of the Jazz Messengers Blue Note dates, there is quite a bit to enjoy here. The title tracks kicks the joint off in bluesy style with the three-horn front line in a slightly dissonant intro before moving in a fingerpopping groover with some killer wood by Sproles used as fills between lines. The spunky Latin groove of "Buh's Bossa" offers Blakey's consummate chops accenting the knotty, sometimes snaky melody line with some excellent comp work by Hicks. Thompson's underrated soprano work makes a beautiful appearance on "Spot Session," a sultry little groover. The real highlight of the set is "Freedom Monday," that offers taut hard bop lyric lines, extended harmonies in the front line -- especially between Hubbard and Morgan -- and a smoking Afro-Cuban rhythmic line highlighted by Blakey and Hicks. The program here showcases the sounds of a band in transition to be sure, but also the sound of a group with nothing to lose; in other words, plenty of chances get taken that might not otherwise fly. Reissued on CD by Verve in 2009 as part of its Originals series, this date is well worth seeking out for fans of Blakey's long running, ever evolving unit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517966390
  • Catalog Number: 001255502
  • Sales rank: 82,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Finger - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (3:17)
  2. 2 Buh's Bossa - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (5:33)
  3. 3 Spot Session - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:21)
  4. 4 Freedom Monday - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:15)
  5. 5 A Quiet Thing - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:56)
  6. 6 The Hub - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey Primary Artist, Drums
John Hicks Piano
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Lucky Thompson Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Victor Sproles Bass
Technical Credits
Lucky Thompson Composer
Kander Composer
Art Blakey Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Jack Tracy Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Fred Ebb Composer
Bill Petan Liner Notes
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