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|Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers||Primary Artist|
|Art Blakey||Indexed Contributor, Drums, Leader|
|David Schnitter||Tenor Saxophone|
|Bobby Watson||Alto Saxophone|
|Jean Toussaint||Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone|
|Donald Harrison||Alto Saxophone|
|Billy Pierce||Tenor Saxophone|
|Cees Schrama||Original Album Producer|
|James Van Heusen||Composer|
|Dick de Winter||Original Album Producer|
|Jeroen De Valk||Liner Notes|
|Arjan de Reus||Mastering|
Posted June 24, 2011
Naxos brings back the invigorating music of The Jazz Messengers and captures their enthusiasm and zeal on recording. The Sesjun sessions were a mixture of the tried & true - such as "Blues March" & "Free for All". This 2 disc set has done an amazing job of remastering these sessions and you can hear the horns, upfront & deep bass and of course, Blakey's drums get all the attention they deserve. The Sesjun sessions will be true delight for any jazz fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2011
Here's another incredible set of live tracks from the Sesjun Radio Shows, this time featuring hard bop drumming legend Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. Captured in four different sessions in the Netherlands between 1978 and 1983, about a decade before his death in 1990.
The sets show an aging jazz player still in his prime, surrounded by a younger team of musicians like Bobby Watson, David Schnitter, Jean Toussaint, and Donald Harrison on saxes, along with a host of others. The music is spot on hard bop jazz, with soulful horns blaring and Blakey pounding away with his incessant and forceful rhythms. Sound quality-wise, it couldn't get much better for a live radio show, no complaints here. A must have for fans of classic Blue Note-era hard bop.
Posted May 23, 2011
One invariably associates Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with the classic 1950s and 1960s Blue Note albums through which they defined the essence of hard bop. Yet even when jazz music was knocked off its perch after that halcyon era, Blakey kept the hard bop flame burning bright in ensuing decades, periodically restocking the Messengers with fresh young talent. This double-CD set captures the band in the Netherlands in 1978, 1980 and 1983 concerts that were thankfully recorded for a national radio program. They provide compelling evidence that Blakey remained just as potent a musician as a bandleader during these so-called "wilderness years." As he had done for the likes of Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter in earlier decades, Blakey provided a platform for such up-and-coming musicians as Bobby Watson, James Williams, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison to establish reputations during the period covered by these recordings. While comparisons with their forebears are inevitable (if pointless), suffice to say that these latter-day Messengers swung plenty hard and soulful themselves, whether covering classic Jazz Messengers tunes "Blues March" and "Moanin," or keeping things a bit more contemporary with intriguing originals penned by Watson, Williams and bassist Charles Fambrough. Blakey is in fine fettle throughout, as powerful as ever, yet also exhibiting the subtlety and finesse for which he rarely got credit. His interplay with Fambrough is especially inventive, and one can sense the sheer joy they derived from playing together. All in all, this is a top-shelf Messengers release, one that will sit proudly on the shelf with all of those Art Blakey Blue Notes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.