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Art Blakey: The Prime Source (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Art Blakey: The Prime Source (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
For 35 years Art Blakey was the pre-eminent leader of the hard-bop movement, a term frequently applied to an intense, hard driving style of jazz that combined elements of bebop, Rhythm & Blues and gospel music, that began to emerge in the early 1950s. Hard bop is usually regarded as being characterized by dark, weighty, earthy timbres, soulful inflections of pitch, blues-like melodic figures, and sometimes harmonies and chord progressions reminiscent of the sanctified church. Hard bop flourished during the late fifties and sixties, experienced a dip in popularity, like most jazz forms, during the 1970s and enjoyed an unprecedented revival from the mid-1980s onwards.

During 35 years Art Blakey led his Jazz Messengers, an ensemble that ranked among the most rewarding in jazz. The Jazz Messengers served as a springboard for talented young musicians who were prepared to push themselves beyond the limit, or burn-out in the process. As a leader, Art Blakey always insisted on complete musicianship and the understanding that without risk jazz is dead. Blakey had no time for timidity or playing it safe, his drumming encouraged daring and brilliance. He consistently stood by his musical principles. In doing so the Jazz Messengers have shaped the style of most small group blowing over four decades. Blakey’s role as a teacher, finder and developer of young talent is unsurpassed in jazz. This 44 track 4CD set presents four early Jazz Messengers line-ups in live settings at Birdland and Cafe Bohemia and also in Columbia studios. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Art Blakey: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Art Blakey albums plus, including original liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Big Band", "Jazz Messengers - Hard Drive", "The Jazz Messengers" plus three tracks live from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959.

Just as Miles had a constant stream of seasoned players in his bands and provided a training ground for young and upcoming musicians, so did Art Blakey with his Jazz Messengers. The list of greats and future greats is certainly impressive from Donald Byrd to Wayne Shorter taking in John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin and dozens more! Here we find the powerhouse drummer on fine form in a number of different settings. The Big Band was no stranger to Art having cut his teeth with Fletcher Henderson as far back as 1939 and as a member of Billy Eckstine’s Big Band, perhaps the greatest of the modern era, featuring Bird and Dizzy! "The Jazz Messengers" set from 1956 really swings and provides the template for future Messengers line ups and shows how a small combo can provide plenty of room for improvisation. "Jazz Messengers - Hard Drive" from 1957 finds Art joined by tenor Johnny Griffin and pianist Junior Mance who help Art produce his best set since the departure of original members Horace Silver and Hank Mobley. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: A Night In Tunisia (CD: RCA Bluebird)Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: A Night In Tunisia (CD: RCA Bluebird)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Art Blakey: Hard Bop (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)
Art Blakey, considered by many to be the consummate bop drummer, cut his teeth in the musical melting pot that was the Billy Eckstine band of the 1940s. This band included such luminaries over the years as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. When it disbanded in 1947, Blakey set about organising his own big band, known initially as the 17 Messengers, which eventually morphed into the form we know today and one of the longest-lived names of any jazz group - The Jazz Messengers. The tracks on this 2CD overview of Blakey's early career run from the first Messengers sessions (featuring Kenny Dorham and Tiny Grimes), through to the Blue Note recordings of the early '50s that coalesced the style that was to become known as Hard Bop and indeed gave the Blue Note label its distinctive sound and identity. Included are cuts from the classic "Live At Birdland" sessions and just some of the featured musicians on this set include Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron, Howard McGhee, Tiny Grimes and Lou Donaldson. An essential purchase. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £9.99 

Art Blakey: Hard Bop (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)


Art Blakey: Holiday For Skins (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)Art Blakey: Holiday For Skins (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)
Art Blakey combined three trap drummers (Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones and himself) with seven percussionists including Sabu and Ray Barretto to create a formidable percussion ensemble on this 1958 session which produced two albums, both of which are included on this CD. Donald Byrd and Ray Bryant are the jazz soloists. The music shifts seamlessly from jazz to Latin to African with all ten drummers moving together in beautiful precision. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night At Birdland Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night At Birdland Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night At Birdland Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night At Birdland Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Art Blakey's most successful album gave us Bobby Timmons's "Moanin'" and Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty" and "Blues March," tunes so powerful that Blakey played them almost every night for the next 30 years. This beautifully performed and recorded session made the Jazz Messengers a jazz institution and put Golson, Timmons and Morgan to the forefront of jazz. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
A record which ranks with the very best of Blakey and what modern jazz offered in the late ‘50s and beyond. With Lee Morgan, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor sax; Bobby Timmons, piano & Jymie Merritt, Limited edition 180 g vinyl LP – audiophile pressing. 


Price:  £18.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
"Cooking session" for Blue Note, at Greenwich Village club (New York), with drummer Art Blakey's early version of his co-operative Jazz Messengers. On a 2-vol. recording from 1955, an impressive hard bop personnel, with trumpet Kenny Dorham, new sax star Hank Mobley, pianist Horace Silver and bassist Doug Watkins---all sticked along by Blakey's mixed-rhythm energy. Content includes a relaxed, rocking "Soft Winds" and "Like Someone in Love," expressive ballads ("Alone Together," "Yesterdays," "I Waited for You"), and several Dorham and Mobley originals which offer straight-ahead blowing. 1950s Blue Note sessions are central to jazz modernism---uncomplicated groove in the main stem. As Blakey invites here, take off your shoes and have a ball. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

The original Jazz Messengers (Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins and Blakey) created a soulful, intelligent approach to modern jazz that came to be called hard bop. Each volume of these great live sessions includes three bonus tracks added to the historic albums. (Blue Note) 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (CD: Blue Note RVG, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (CD: Blue Note RVG, 2 CDs)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Big Beat (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Big Beat (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


Price:  £12.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Big Beat (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
One of a series of reissues of classic albums on the legendary Blue Note label. Limited edition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. High-quality pressing with original artwork. One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions, with a lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Bobby Timmons on piano and bassist Jymie Merritt. A set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £21.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Big Beat (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Live In Stockholm 1959 (CD: Dragon)

Price:  £13.99 


 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night In Tunisia (CD: Blue Note RVG)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A Night In Tunisia (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Like Someone In Love (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Quality 180g pressing. 


Price:  £21.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Like Someone In Love (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Complete Concert At Club Saint Germain (CD: Gambit, 2 CDs)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Complete Concert At Club Saint Germain (CD: Gambit, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £17.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Free Trade Hall 1961 (CD: Solar)
A rare live recording of the quintet performing at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in May 1961. 


Price:  £11.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: At The Free Trade Hall 1961 (CD: Solar)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Tokyo 1961- The Complete Concerts (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Tokyo 1961- The Complete Concerts (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)
The Jazz Messengers’ first visit to Japan resulted into two live recordings in Tokyo – a concert and a TV show – now presented together for the first time on CD. Blakey was surprised to find so much enthusiasm amongst the audiences and this initial tour began a relationship with Japanese jazz fans that persisted for many years.

Both sets feature an amazing line-up with the leader on drums, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Bobby Timmons, piano and Jymmie Merritt, bass. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Roots & Herbs (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Roots & Herbs (CD: Blue Note)


Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (CD: Atlantic)Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (CD: Atlantic)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Price:  £18.99 


180g pressing. 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Mosaic (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Mosaic (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


Price:  £12.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl stereo LP.  


Price:  £21.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Free For All (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Free For All (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
'Here Morgan, Golson Timmons were replaced by Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and Cedar Walton (and Curtis Fuller was added to provide a bigger frontline sound), and the new material reflected the influence of Coltrane as well as Shorter's growing maturity.' (The Rough Guide To Jazz) 


Price:  £12.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Pisces (CD: Solar)
Limited edition collector's item. First time on a single CD for this Blue Note album, recorded in 1961 but not released on LP until 1979. The formation heard on most of these tracks was the third incarnation of the Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey (drums), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano) & Jymie Merritt (bass). Cedar Walton (piano), Reggie Workman (bass) and Curtis Fuller (trombone) appear on "It's a Long Way Down". Original album + 6 bonus tracks from the same sessions (including alternative takes). (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Pisces (CD: Solar)


Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble: The African Beat (CD: Blue Note)Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble: The African Beat (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Freedom Rider (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Freedom Rider (CD: Blue Note)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Freedom Rider (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Freedom Rider (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Limited edition reissue from the prestigious Blue Note catalogue with original artwork. Audiophile grade 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


Price:  £21.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Indestructible (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Indestructible (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Caravan (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Caravan (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Soul Finger (CD: Verve)
 


Price:  £9.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Soul Finger (CD: Verve)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Keystone 3 (SACD: Concord)
 


Price:  £13.99 

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