Art Blakey !!Art Blakey!!Jazz Messengers!! on Hybrid SACD
Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such
as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to
name but a few. But he also delivered the "message" of hard bop through
thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club.
Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and
somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the
very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message
for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle
sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound.
Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to
display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be
found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes
new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey
certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a
wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to
the six titles on this album.
Art Blakey !!Art Blakey!!Jazz Messengers!! Track Listing:
1. À la Mode
4. You Don't Know What Love Is
5. I Hear a Rhapsody
6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You