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on 22 November 2008
The previous Jazz Messengers Quintet of Shorter/Timmons/Morgan had based their style on the great Miles Davis Quintet of the 50's, but used original material rather than standards. Although great at the time, their standing has dropped in hindsight as the 1960s Miles Davis 2nd Quintet did it a lot better (in large part thanks to Wayne Shorter).
The Jazz Messengers Sextet of Shorter/Hubbard/Fuller took their style from Coltranes 1957 Blue Note classic "Blue Train", a more aggressive, arranged, but melodic package that has stood the test of time very well, as it was a style Coltrane did not pursue further.
So here we have their first album on Blue Note from 1961, a real gem as are all their half dozen studio albums on Blue Note & Riverside. Great band compositions, particularly from Shorter, great soloists and Art Blakeys powerhouse drumming proppelling it all along. One of the all time great jazz groups.