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Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin’ – Blue Note 4003

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Jazz fans will argue forever over the best version of The Jazz Messengers. Was it the group with Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan that made A Night in Tunisia in 1960? The 1954 edition with Horace Silver, Clifford Brown and Lou Donaldson that made A Night at Birdland? (Which isn't technically a Jazz Messengers album, but ...

Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore: Blowing in From Chicago – 1957

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Imagine if Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, at the height of their popularity in 1957, invited a couple of sax guys you've never heard of to play with them.

The result would be Blowing in From Chicago--a lively, wonderful record firmly in the Blue Note bop tradition.

The rhythm section is ...

Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & The New York Crew

Read "Tony Adamo & The New York Crew" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Some wit once quipped that when you go to Heaven, you hear the voice of God--who is actually imitating the late, great “movie trailer guy," Don LaFontaine. If that's so, for those jazzers entering the Heavenly corner reserved for bereted hipsters and late-night flipsters, Big G must assuredly be trying to cop Tony Adamo.

1950s and ‘60s Blue Note – Is It All the Same?

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A few years ago, a reader from California named Charlie F. started a provocative discussion in the All About Jazz forums with the title: “I've decided not to buy any more Blue Note albums." Oh boy.

He began, “Recently, I came to notice something about Blue Note albums of the 50s-60s, which was that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jason Moran, Randy Weston and Billy Harper at SFJazz

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Jason Moran, Randy Weston and Billy Harper
SFJazz
San Francisco, CA
November 24, 2013

Three fine musicians came together on stage in a new jazz facility in San Francisco. First up was a rising star in the jazz world, an acclaimed pianist who frequently incorporates samples of taped music and text ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Patitucci: The Gentle Soul

Read "John Patitucci: The Gentle Soul" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Every jazz musician inhabits a private inner world of amazing energy and light, where they live, dream and fall deeply in love with their unique craft while creating this extraordinary and improvised music. Through the years, some become masters of their instruments, and a selfless interaction with the world takes place, where they share what they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Ketch: A Distant View

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A Distant View delivers intelligent music performed by highly involved players across a dozen diverse selections ranging from straight-ahead hard bop, calypso, an obligatory standard and a Chuck Mangione-esque soft rock tidbit thrown in for dessert. Incorporating a classic Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers quintet formula, these outstanding players share a common interest here in ...

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Live! at Slug's, NYC

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The drums and bass are miked too “hot," and the horns occasionally distort, but there are at least two compelling reasons to listen to this 2006 release of a 1968 on-location Messengers date featuring an unusual Blakey lineup. (No doubt some jazz fans will recognize Slug's as the unpretentious Bowery jazz saloon where Lee Morgan was ...

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Live at Slug's, NYC

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Many of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers left the group to build successful careers of their own. However, in between Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter and the Marsalises was this curious 1968 band, made up largely of talented unknowns. This particular version of the band never made it into the studio, and this live recording from Slug's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Drum Suite

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The all-star lineup on Drum Suite gives the album high marks before one note of music is played. It's a piece of history. Released in 1957, the album merged Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with several other musical forces that proved fruitful, rhythmically and otherwise.

With this reissue come several bonus tracks that had appeared ...