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Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Mar 2005
  • Release Date: 22 Mar 2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 43:50
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  • ASIN: B001JNRB68
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,390 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
The 8 tracks on this classic BLUE NOTE CD were recorded on November 13, 1954 & February 6, 1955 and originally issued on two 10-inch LPs.
Pianist/composer Horace Silver(1928-2014) and drummer Art Blakey(1919-1990) co-led these sessions with the well-matched Hank Mobley(tenor saxophone) & Kenny Dorham(trumpet) plus the dependable Doug Watkins(bass).
All the memorable compositions are by Horace Silver apart from Hank Mobley's 'Hankerin'' with the highlights being 'The Preacher' & 'Doodlin''.
The music, which still sounds fresh 60 years later, has elements of bop, blues and gospel and is a must for anyone who appreciates soulful hard bop.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Hardbop Masterpiece 13 Feb 2006
By directions - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Jazz Messengers album which soon would go under the tutelage of Art Blakey. From there (read the book Hardbop Academy) the group would go through many line up changes and launch the careers of musicians from inspired (Wayne Shorter) to derivative (Wynton Marsalis) and many in between. This has to be my favorite Jazz Messengers album because most of the pieces on it would become jazz standards. Adding elements of soul and later funk to bebop to create the sub-genre known as hardbop does not sound like much today but it was an act to take away the idea of jazz as music for purely intellectuals and return it to its roots but still keeping it advancing in a new direction. Ever jazz musician with any degree of awareness would name check this album. But forgot the hyperbole. If you are a fan of classic hardbop, sooner or later you will run into this album and when you do, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Best Silver, Best Blakey 8 Jun 2005
By J Law - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Preacher and Creepin In are insanely snappy, making this my favorite Silver recording. Early in the LP era here, this album always had good sound, now made even better with this reissue. The tunes are very soulful; this is not reminiscent of the pedal-to-the-metal Blakey/Silver albums with Clifford Brown @ Birdland. HS and the JM is much more of a hard-bop/bluesy album, the likes of which Silver seemingly effortlessly produced over the following 15 years after this was released.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers" is Pure Gold 3 Mar 2005
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers" drifted briefly out-of-print over the past couple of years, but now makes a permanent return to the Blue Note catalog with this remastered RVG reissue. For those confused by the title and thinking -- "Isn't it supposed to be Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers?" -- don't be alarmed. The Messengers began as a collective group and this album actually pre-dates the JM albums under Blakey's leadership. Regardless, this classic jazz album was recorded over two sessions -- December 13, 1954 and February 6, 1955. The lineup is the same that would reappear in a few short months on the "Cafe Bohemia" recordings (see my review of Vol. 2) -- Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins and of course Silver and Blakey. The eight original Silver compositions are classic hard bop, and many of them are regarded as standards today, "The Preacher" and "Doodlin'" foremost among them. Simply put, this Silver is pure gold.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One Hell of a debut for one of the greatest jazz groups of.. 8 Jun 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
all time.

This was recorded late in 1954 and finished in early 1955 and is the first recording to feature what would later be called Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers after pianist Silver left later in 1955. The song Doodlin' was my introduction to this great band when I heard it on the Ken Burns Jazz set (which is a great introduction to jazz) and it kicked many buttocks. Hank Mobley is one of the most underrated saxophonists ever and Kenny Dorham is also underrated. Once Dorham showed up Miles Davis at a club so that's how great Dorham played the trumpet, and Art Blakey is superhuman as always. Silver is one of the best pianists I've ever heard and is right up there with Monk.

This is one of the best reissues I've ever seen since I thought this album was long gone. Now if only Columbia/Legacy could rerelease the Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra recordings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Once considered "the" crucial cornerstone of the hard-bop movement. 26 Sep 2011
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At one time this was the album most frequently cited in the college jazz history and jazz appreciation texts as the essential introduction to, if not example of, the so-called "hard-bop" movement. It's still easy to recommend--especially to students of the music, those who are curious about its history (coming from polka-land, I learned about jazz primarily though books), and to musicians (not only have all of these tunes been transcribed in the fake books, but note-for-note arrangements written out for small ensemble are readily available). Moreover, the tunes have become standards, with some of them put to words by vocalese lyricists like Jon Hendricks. Above all, every aspiring musician will want to learn "The Preacher" (based on "Show Me the Way to Go Home" chords and performed these days even by traditional, "dixieland" bands).

Another reason to make this one a priority is the composer and personnel. Horace Silver has emerged as the "Duke Ellington of small-ensemble jazz," someone who may have been equalled from time to time but has never been superseded as a composer and arranger of jazz compositions for small ensembles. The ubiquitous, still-in-favor instrumentation of trpt-tenor frontline plus piano, bass, drums rhythm owes more to the success of The Jazz Messengers than any other group. Moreover, this group was, imo, as good if not better than any other ensemble (later, the Messengers would split up into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and The Horace Silver Quintet). Kenny Dorham lacked the swagger, drama and sheer electricity of a Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard, but as critic Dan Morgenstern once said, his name is practically "synonymous" with "underrated." From his recordings with Bird (Charlie Parker) through Max Roach, Horace, Art Blakey, and his later solo sessions, he's a joy to listen to, never predictable, always inventive and lyrical. And "lyrical" should be a synonym for Hank Mobley, the quintessential "singing" tenor player, simply responsive to the chord changes, never forcing his solos, never posturing, never adhering to an improvisational "system" but perhaps deeper in the blues than any other tenor soloist. Art Blakey, Doug Watkins and Silver in the back row--you couldn't ask for stronger support.

Just a couple of caveats: as important as is this session, it's not necessarily the "best" by these musicians. "The Jazz Messengers" on Columbia has practically the same musicians (Donald Byrd replaces Dorham) and shows a more mature and complex Silver, with tunes like "Nica's Dream" and "Ecarole" (this latter tune one of Silver's most extended works, with voicings and textures that make 2 horns sound like a big band). There's also "The Jazz Messengers" on Blue Note--the most popular album by Blakey because of "Moanin'" and the Golson tunes, but there is no Silver or Mobley presence on the date, which necessarily places it lower. It doesn't take much looking to come up with 10-12 albums with vital, unforgettable melodies, harmonizations and voicings by Silver--albums more complex, challenging, and satisfying than the hugely popular but reductive and eventually tiresome "Song for My Father." Happy searching! Be sure to come up with albums that include "Senor Blues," Ecarole," "Nica's Dream," "Strollin'," "Silver's Serenade," "Blowin' the Blues Away," "The Outlaw," Moon Rays" and a number of other gems, all "masterpieces in miniature." The Horace Silver website is an excellent introduction, with examples of some of Horace's own favorites--just don't expect to find "Song for My Father" among them, even though the royalties from that song alone would have supported a comfortable life for the always restless, intense Mr. Silver.
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