Before they went on to lead the two postgraduate schools of hard bops, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey were part of this unified edition of the Jazz Messengers, a name Blakey had used before these 1954 and '55 dates and would go on to use, quite famously, for the rest of his life. Here, with Silver's compositions making up seven of the eight tunes, the template for the next decade of hard bop is established: three parts bebop mingled with two parts blues, finished with a splash of gospel. The horns are the soulful Kenny Dorham on trumpet and the soulful Hank Mobley on piano, the bassist is the soulful Doug Watkins, and the selections include two early Silver standards, "The Preacher" and "Doodlin'." This band would go on to record a live classic at the Cafe Bohemia (under Blakey's name) and then Silver and Blakey would split and, separately, alter jazz history.
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Performance CreditsHorace Silver & The Jazz Messengers Primary Artist
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano,Track Performer
Doug Watkins Bass,Double Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Technical CreditsHank Mobley Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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I think that this album is one of Silver's best. This album has some really good originals played by a great group of musicians.