Art Blakey

Album of the Year

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TJL 74503

Art Blakey, whose career has spanned close to 50 years of black music history, exemplifies the timeless role of the drum in jazz. He mentions Chick Webb and Sid Catlett, the master drummer-orchestrators of the black dance bands of the 1930s, as primary influences of his youth: Webb for bringing the drums to the forefront of the ensemble as an instrument of equal value within the ensemble; Catlett for his use of dynamics, and for his finesse and technique. Blakey has been a working musician since his early teens. In the 1940s, he was employed in the hard-swinging dance bands of Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Jimmy Lunceford, Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, and backed Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, among others, in smaller units. Blakey's fame stems from the various groups he has led since 1947 under the Jazz Messengers name. Those buying this album know the range and quality of personnel he has used, and are familiar with the amalgam of back-beats, shuffle rythms, press rolls, hi-hat touch and individual tuning that have made his sound immediately identifiable, synomous with the sound of his bands. Read more...


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  • 2. Duck Soup
  • 3. Cheryl
  • 4. Ms. B.C.
  • 5. In Case You Missed It
  • 6. Little Man
  • 7. Witch Hunt
  • 8. Soulful Mister Timmons