Art Blakey Collection

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Child's Dance (1972) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Child's Dance (1972) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}
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© 1972, 2014 Prestige / Concord / Universal Music Japan | UCCO-90294 / UCCO-9884 (Prestige PR 10047)
Jazz / Hard Bop / Contemporary Jazz / Drums

After several years of few recordings, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers re-emerged with totally new personnel on this Prestige LP. The strongest performance is a quartet feature for the great trumpeter Woody Shaw on "I Can't Get Started," but the other three selections (which include such musicians as George Cables or John Hicks on keyboards, bassist Stanley Clarke and Ramon Morris on reeds) are also worth hearing and sound surprisingly "contemporary" for the time. An interesting set.
Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers - Chippin' In (1990) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers - Chippin' In (1990) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1990, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6396
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. 35 years after first officially forming The Jazz Messengers, drummer Art Blakey entered his final year still at it. Due to the many promising young players around at the time, Blakey expanded The Messengers from its usual quintet or sextet into a septet for this fine recording session. In addition to trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoff Keezer and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, this version of The Messengers had two tenors (Javon Jackson and Dale Barlow) and a pair of alternating trombonists (Frank Lacy and Steve Davis).
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Reflections In Blue (1978) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Reflections In Blue (1978) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1978, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6395
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. The 1978 Jazz Messengers was one of Art Blakey's strongest groups in years, although it would soon be overshadowed by its successor (which introduced a young Wynton Marsalis). With trumpeter Valerie Ponomarev, altoist Bobby Watson and a tenor saxophonist forming a potent frontline and new material from each of the principals (plus pianist James Williams) in addition to a lengthy ballad medley, this is a fine all-around set, last available on LP.
Art Blakey & Freddie Hubbard - Feel The Wind (1988) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey & Freddie Hubbard - Feel The Wind (1988) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1988, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6389
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Trumpet / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. One of Art Blakey's final recordings as a leader features two separate pianists (Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller) and two bassists (Leon Lee Dorsey and Lonnie Plaxico) taking part, along with the guest appearance of former Jazz Messenger Freddie Hubbard. Blakey was going deaf near the end of his life and sounds a tad tentative at times, while Hubbard's return may have been more to improve his chops (which had been in question after his experiments with fusion). The trumpeter seems rejuvenated by working with his former boss and his latest crop of Young Lions, who also include tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - In My Prime Vol. 2 (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - In My Prime Vol. 2 (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1977, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6366
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Leader of The Jazz Messengers at the time of this recording for over 22 years, drummer Art Blakey was still discovering new talent. In addition to altoist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Valeri Ponomarev and David Schnitter on tenor, this particular session introduced the great pianist James Williams to The Messenger fold. Despite the changes in musical fashions, Art Blakey and his hard-bop institution were still turning out new material and solos in the late '70s that sound fresh and alive today.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - In My Prime Vol. 1 (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - In My Prime Vol. 1 (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1977, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6365
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Leader of The Jazz Messengers at the time of this recording for over 22 years, drummer Art Blakey was still discovering new talent. In addition to altoist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Valeri Ponomarev and David Schnitter on tenor, this particular session introduced the great pianist James Williams to The Messenger fold. Despite the changes in musical fashions, Art Blakey and his hard-bop institution were still turning out new material and solos in the late '70s that sound fresh and alive today.
Art Blakey And The Jazzmessengers - Blue Night (1985) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And The Jazzmessengers - Blue Night (1985) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6335
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modern Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. A great Art Blakey lineup here, as usual – filled with fire from younger musicians who are really finding their voice in the Jazz Messengers – a group that includes Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, and Mulgrew Miller on piano!
Art Blakey And The Jazzmessengers - Oh-By The Way (1982) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey And The Jazzmessengers - Oh-By The Way (1982) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6334
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. When the Marsalis Brothers left The Jazz Messengers in early 1982, Wynton suggested that Art Blakey take a close listen to trumpeter Terence Blanchard (then 19) and 21-year old altoist Donald Harrison. The drummer took his advice, and after also adding young pianist Johnny O'Neal, Blakey soon had an exciting new version of The Jazz Messengers.
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Buhaina (1973) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Buhaina (1973) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}
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© 2014 Prestige / Concord / Universal Music Japan | UCCO-90295
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Groove / Soul Jazz

An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working with some great younger players – like Carter Jefferson, Woody Shaw, and Michael Howell – hitting a groove that reminds us of some of the best underground soul jazz on labels like Muse or Strata East. Includes the amazing long groovers "Mission Eternal" and "Chant For Bu", a famous Tribe Called Quest sample – plus new electric piano versions of "Moanin" and "Along Came Betty", both of which feature vocals by Jon Hendricks.
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Album Of The Year (1981) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Album Of The Year (1981) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6306
Jazz / Hard Bop

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Out of hundreds of jazz CD's I own or have heard, this will always rank in my top ten. Recorded in 1981 with the awesome lineup of - Art Blakey (drums), Charles Fambrough (bass), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Bill Pierce (tenor sax), Bobby Watson (alto sax), and James Williams (piano). A little over 42 minutes long, this disc is as perfect as it gets and there is absolutely no filler! It's incredible to hear Blakey play… he is so good that he keeps a perfect rhythm going but then inserts offbeat syncopated and ghost beats on top of it. His style of playing always amazes me. Of course the rest of the band kick serious tail also and never miss a beat. Great tunes, outstanding arrangements, awesome solos, what else is there?