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on 10 February 2018
Blakey and the Messengers in top form, this is a Jazz classic, along with A night in Tunisia, Davis' Kind of Blue and Coltranes' Blue train, from the bebop jazz era this album moves along a nice toe tapping pace with stunning compositions and musicians on stunning form, A great vinyl pressing even though it is not on the original blue note label
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on 7 April 2018
How can you not love Art Blakey, possibly the greatest jazz drummer of all time. It wasn't just his great skills that made him immortal, it was the bands he put together, and there is no better band of Messengers than on this album, which includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, a standout in is own right. Benny Golson comes in on tenor saxophone, and Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt complete the rhythm section. Great music! As fresh today as it was when it was first released in 1958.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 November 2009
Recorded in 1958 by jazz drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers, this has to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded. From the 9 minute opener Moanin', through the stupendous Drum Thunder Suite to the original album closer Come Rain Or shine, this is a shining example of how jazz should be done.

With Blakey setting the beat with his complex drumming, Lee Morgan blowing a clear and catchy trumpet, and the rest of the group working in harmony, this is a set of great tunes. An odd album in that when you put it on you suddenly find yourself totally drawn into the complex rhythms and before you know it the album is over and you're putting it back on again. Highly addictive, you have been warned! The standout has to be the stupendous Drum Thunder Suite - It's amazing to think that there's only one man pounding the drums, it sounds like 5 or 6 at times!

This Rudy Van Gelder edition is a masterpiece in its own right. The original album has been remastered and remixed. The sound is excellent, with all the instruments coming through clearly. There are two bonus tracks, some studio chatter leading into the opening track, and an alternative take of the masterful Moanin'. Both add to the album.

A five star release of a five star album. Recommended for any lovers of freeform jazz, such as Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. If you like this also check outthe other RVG releases including Like Someone In Love, Night In Tunisia, Free For All and Indestructible.
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on 27 April 2017
A classic that should be discovered by music lovers. Previously owned the same title on the prestigious and original Blue Note label. A Blue Note 75th aniversary edition. I expected top quality, but the sound had a lot of surface noise. Thinking it was only my copy I delivered it back to my dealer and got a new copy. Same problem. I gave up an ordered this cheap DOL version on Amazon and it sounds and look stunning. I'll stick to this one!
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on 29 March 2013
As the modern music scene fades increasingly into mediocrity I find I search more for great music from the past. The availability of jazz such as this restores my faith in music.
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on 10 January 2016
I can't stop listening to this album. The opening track especially " Groanin' " is one of those tracks that I'd heard and not known who it was by, and then once I bought this album knew that I'd be investigating some more of the Jazz Messengers work.
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on 15 March 2018
Hi Amazon.
5star,5star great c/d.
bye for now.
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on 11 May 2018
First Art Blakey album bought but what a palce to start!
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on 11 November 2017
A classic jazz album. You will not be disappointed
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on 11 April 2018
Excellent. New to Art Blakey.
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