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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0002GAF8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Pensativa (Rudy Van Gelder 24-Bit Remastering) (2004 Digital Remaster)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Throughout the 1950's and 60's, Blue Note issued hundreds of records that came to define what became known as "Hard Bop." Unlike other labels, they paid the musicians for their rehersal time and the tightness of the bands reflects this. I suspect that this contributes alot to the on-going popularity of records that are now over forty years old.
On this CD, Art Blakey leads his firey Jazz Messengers through four extended tracks on a testosterone-fuelled session that, for many , defines what "Hard Bop" was all about. There is little room for subtlety in this set and the opening title track sets the tone. This is undoubtedly the finest Messeneger's line-up with Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller completing the front line. (Shorter is particularly good - this being just a few months before he joined Miles Davis.) Pianist Cedar Walton and bassist Reggie Workman are up for it too, but it is Blakey who dominates everything. His playing is evidence that , if you couldn't hold your own on the bandstand, he would wipe you out. Sometimes, it sounds like there are two drummers. Only the closing "Pensativa" offers a contrast to the bombastic onslaught.
From the first note, it is evident that this album is a killer and would certainly appear to warrant it's reputation as Blakey's finest. The title track fuese elements of free-ish playing but this does not detract from Balkey's ferocious groove. If anything, it only serves to make the music more indendiary. Whilst I would concede that there is room for all types of jazz at all decibel levels, the Blakey manifesto of no band being better that it's drummer, is surely demonstrated by this album. This CD makes Horace Silver sound as delicate as the MJQ !! Excellent recording too. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Art Blakey(1919-1990) was firing on all cylinders for this exceptional sextet session recorded in New Jersey on February 10, 1964 with Wayne Shorter(tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard(trumpet), Curtis Fuller(trombone), Cedar Walton(piano) & Blakey leading on drums.
The four lengthy Coltrane-influenced tracks include two Wayne Shorter compositions, one from Freddie Hubbard and a standard from Clare Fischer.
This excellent RVG Edition(2004) is one of the finest albums by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and a good representation of their brand of intense and exciting hard bop.
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By R. Bawden jazz fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album from 1964 is without doubt hard bop, infact a bit too hard for my liking. However I can admire the music, its intensity and skill. Blakey drives this sextet from the rear. The front line is Wayne Shorter (tenor; who'd been with Blakey for at least three years), Freddie Hubbard (tpt) and Curtis Fuller (tmb). The pianist is Cedar Walton and bassman is Reggie Workman, who will soon move on to work with Coltrane. So there is no doubts as to the professional quality of this group.
Just four tracks, circa 8-10 minutes, this a short yet intense album, the only track at a slower tempo being the last "Pensativa".
For lovers of fiery music played full- on this is the album for you.
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By annakindly on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
I will keep this simple for those of us who are searching the world of jazz for truly breathtaking performances.
This is just that! Look no further (well at least until you have enjoyed it a while first) :)x
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mleedell on 19 July 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Brilliant!!
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