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The Jazz Messengers on Columbia Records, 1956. The lineup is Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins and Donald Byrd. It’s a great album. However, while it was happening, a former original Jazz Messenger was also forming his own hard bop collective.

Donald Byrd was the replacement for Kenny Dorham who had left the Jazz Messengers to form his own group called ‘The Jazz Prophets’.

The Jazz Prophets was a short-lived group, but what they recorded together was great. Highlights are Kenny Dorham and The Jazz Prophets and 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia. The Cafe Bohemia LP features the recording debut of Bobby Timmons. He was only 20 years old.

As fate would have it, Timmons later joined The Jazz Messengers, and is more known for his work with Art Blakey. However, it should not be forgotten that it was Kenny Dorham who gave him his first shot with The Jazz Prophets.