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Art Blakey

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...hard bop at its best
BCP6023 (Bethlehem Records)
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Track Time Listen
1
For Minors Only

For Minors Only

Composer Jimmy Heath
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
05:47 Play $3.40
2
Right Down Front

Right Down Front

Composer Bill Hardman
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
04:30 Play $1.70
3
Deo-X

Deo-X

Composer Bill Hardman
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
05:47 Play $3.40
4
Sweet Sakeena

Sweet Sakeena

Composer Bill Hardman
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
05:04 Play $3.40
5
For Miles and Miles

For Miles and Miles

Composer Jimmy Heath
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
05:24 Play $3.40
6
Krafty

Krafty

Composer Johnny Griffin
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
06:33 Play $3.40
7
Late Spring

Late Spring

Composer Leon Mitchell
Band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
05:36 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 39 minutes Purchase all tracks 
$13.00 
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The often-forgotten trumpeter Bill Hardman, tenor Johnny Griffin and bassist Spanky De Brest perform some of their most spirited work under Art Blakey's leadership. Also appearing on this recording is pianist Junior Mance, sitting in for regular Sam Dockery on many tracks.

This album is licensed for download from Bethlehem Records. 

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Art Blakey drums
Johnny Griffin tenor saxophone 
Bill Hardman trumpet 
Junior Mance piano
Sam Dockery piano 
Spanky De Brest bass 

Recorded at Beltone Recording, New York, in October 1957 
Digitally remastered by Tom Multon & Greg Vaughn (Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs, New York) 

Driven by Art Blakey, this is the sound of a young Jazz Messengers band, after their strong beginnings under Horace Silver. The Messengers of this period were defining the hard-bop style with its hard-swinging, and blues and gospel undertones.

The compositions and arrangements are first-rate. Griffin's 'Right Down Front' reflects the down-home spirit of hard bop, borrowing heavily from older spirituals and country blues. Hardman's intricate 'DEO-X' offers a more rhythmic bent that Blakey drives with power. Although this lineup would not last long past these recordings, the spirit they infused into the music would last for the next three decades of the group's existence.

 

 

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