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Jazz Messengers (Reis) [Import]

Art Blakey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AIT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Infra-Rae
2. Nica's Dream
3. It's You Or No One
4. Ecaroh
5. Carol's Interlude
6. The End Of A Love Affair
7. Hank's Symphony
8. Weird-O
9. Ill Wind
10. Late Show
11. Deciphering The Message
12. Carol's Interlude (Alternate Take)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album by The Jazz Messengers was recorded on April 6 & May 4, 1956 and features leader Art Blakey (drums) with Hank Mobley(tenor), Donald Byrd(trumpet), Horace Silver(piano) & Doug Watkins(bass).
The twelve powerful tracks include six compositions by Hank Mobley plus two by Horace Silver who was shortly to leave The Messengers and form his own band.
All of The Messengers are in top form with the highlights being Silver's 'Nica's Dream' along with Mobley's exciting 'Carol's Interlude' & the previously unreleased 'Deciphering The Message'.
The 77 minutes of memorable music on this overlooked CD still sounds fresh almost 60 years later and is a must for anyone who appreciates swinging hard bop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious and Inexhaustible: An Embarrassment of Riches 3 May 2006
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had collected over 20 sides by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers before recently noticing this 1956 release on Columbia. It's second to none--a recording that captures the then nascent Messengers at their zenith but also sets a standard approached by very few other quintets. Maybe Miles--but one would be hard pressed to find a tighter, fuller, more expressive ensemble together with more lyrical, inspired solos. The presence of Doug Watkins' bass merely clinches the deal.

Donald Byrd has never sounded better to me, demonstrating why this Detroit preacher's kid is said to have caused such a stir when he made his initial appearances. He almost matches the ceaseless invention and flowing lyricism of Hank Mobley, who is simply untouchable on the date. Despite the breathless tempo of Hank's "Infra-Rae," the saxophonist is utterly relaxed and in control. Another Mobley original, "Late Show" (aka "Hank's Other Tune"), features an inspired, authoritative tenor solo that I doubt Hank himself or any other tenor saxophonist has ever topped.

As for the ensemble choruses, listen to the two horns on Silver's "Ecarole," and you'll wonder why Blakey ever expanded to a sextet--or, for that matter, why some listeners miss big bands. The shadings, dynamics, nuanced textures--the expressive colors that are missing on most of the flattened acoustics of the Blue Note recordings--they're all here. This is a "musician's record." After listening to this edition of the group and this recording, I doubt I could force myself to play the "highly funkified," popular but overrated "Moanin'" session again or, for that matter, Silver's formulaic and stiff "Song for My Father" session. Even the Blue Note recording of Horace's lovely "Nica's Dream" pales when compared to the rich and evocative treatment it receives on this earlier version of the tune.

There are twelve rich and varied tunes on the disc--a couple of standards plus a generous supply of vintage Silver and, especially, Mobley contributions. (If you find a CD with more music for the price, I'll refund your money.) The original liner notes by George Avakian are supplemented by detailed, informative descriptions of the music on the record by drummer Kenny Washington.

Shame on Columbia/Sony if it gets lazy about promoting this edition--or the American public, if it allows such a treasure to languish in the archives.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked Art Blakey gem 9 Feb 2002
By Luis Cotto Roman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After having bought several Art Blakey albums, which certainly reflect the heart of hard bop of which Blakey is inextricably associated, I bought this album just to add another Blakey album to my collection. What a pleasant surprise to me when I heard a completeley distinct album which really deserves to be in any jazz aficionado collection! The short-lived unit of Blakey, Donald Byrd, Doug Watkins, Hank Mobley and Horace Silver is second to none of the brilliant groups assembled by this jazz master. Listen with particular attention Donald Byrd's brilliant playing. That alone is worth the price. Definetely, dig it.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the best of the great Art Blakey Jazz Messengers albums 12 Jun 2006
By Duncan MacLeod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nearly every serious jazz lover knows "Nica's Dream." But till you've heard this version, with composer Horace Silver on piano and Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley on the front line, you haven't lived! Trumpeter Byrd carries the capricious lead so solidly that his phrasing has set the standard for most other renditions. Tenor man Hank Mobley's obligato second part transforms the whole performance from just a nice tune into a masterpiece. The soloing of all three on this cut is nothing short of awesome, as is mostly true of the other cuts as well.

My biggest regret is that I have only recently discovered this classic of classics, an album recorded when I was in high school, and of which I know I must have heard at least an occasional cut played on the radio. In fact it was hearing Nica's Dream played on the radio less than five years ago that made me check out the whole album.

Better late than never!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The jazz message continues 23 Aug 2001
By Dirk te Winkel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All songs are recorded in mono back in 1956, but they rock! Featuring famous musicians like Donald Byrd on trumpet and Horace Silver on piano this album is a must-have. It contains both arresting mellow melodies backed by Blakey's brushes and faster minor-key themes with his expressive explosive drums. The album has a perfect combination of melody and energy which is typically Blakey. A true masterpiece.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard bop=Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers 15 Mar 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in the spring of 1956, this Messengers unit consists of Donald Byrd (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor) Horace Silver (piano) and Doug Watkins (bass) with Blakey on the drums. Blakey liked to go full throttle at all times, and this is no exception. "It's you or no one" is the best of the up-tempo cookers; no tune is done slower than medium tempo. "Nica's dream," "Ecaroh" (Horace backwards), and "Carol's interlude" are all top-notch Blakey performances. Highly recommended.
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