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Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Like Someone In Love

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Afrique

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - I Remember Clifford (Live)

Benny Golson wrote this song in memory, and honor of Clifford Brown. On this rendition, Lee Morgan’s tone is beautiful.

Must Own: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Indestructible
This was the last album by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers to be released on Blue Note records. It also features Lee Morgan, who returned to the Jazz Messengers lineup after being away for a few years. He replaced Freddie Hubbard. Oddly enough, Freddie Hubbard was Lee Morgan’s replacement a few years earlier.

Must Own: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Indestructible

This was the last album by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers to be released on Blue Note records. It also features Lee Morgan, who returned to the Jazz Messengers lineup after being away for a few years. He replaced Freddie Hubbard. Oddly enough, Freddie Hubbard was Lee Morgan’s replacement a few years earlier.

The Holy Grail: The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey’s 1960 Jazz Messengers

The Holy Grail: The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey’s 1960 Jazz Messengers

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.

In the late 50s, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers toured Europe extensively. One of their legendary stops was at Club Saint-Germain in Paris. The line up with Blakey was strong. He was joined by Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. Also sitting in with them was drummer Kenny Clarke.

The performances are spectacular. Note that there are 3 volumes, so there are 3 LPs. I was fortunate enough to have a good friend in Tokyo send these to me a few years ago. I’m sure you should be able to find them from French or Japanese sellers online.

The Sonos CR 200 Controller.
When I’m not listening to records, then most of my listening is via Sonos or my server. Sonos is a joy to use. I have no affiliation with them, I just like the product. Their CR 200 touch screen controller is very cool to use. Highly responsive, and user friendly. The iPad Sonos controller app took the momentum away from it, since it was released not long after the CR 200 was released. If you have an iPad, the CR 200 controller is not necessary. The iPhone Sonos controller app is great too, but it’s ideal for solo use. If you entertain friends and family frequently, passing around your iPhone to control your Sonos will get old quickly. Who does that?

The Sonos CR 200 Controller.

When I’m not listening to records, then most of my listening is via Sonos or my server. Sonos is a joy to use. I have no affiliation with them, I just like the product. Their CR 200 touch screen controller is very cool to use. Highly responsive, and user friendly. The iPad Sonos controller app took the momentum away from it, since it was released not long after the CR 200 was released. If you have an iPad, the CR 200 controller is not necessary. The iPhone Sonos controller app is great too, but it’s ideal for solo use. If you entertain friends and family frequently, passing around your iPhone to control your Sonos will get old quickly. Who does that?

Born on this day: The highly underrated Joe Gordon. He died in a house fire in 1963. He was only 35.

Acclaimed trumpeter, Brian Lynch (he was in the last lineup of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers) released an album celebrating the unsung heroes of the trumpet in the jazz world. He did a fantastic cover of Gordon’s ‘Terra Firma Irma’. You can read the review I wrote of Lynch’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ project here.

Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Meet You At the Jazz Corner of the World

Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Meet You At the Jazz Corner of the World

Essential Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - The Big Beat

Essential Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - The Big Beat

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Dat Dere

This is one of my favorite Bobby Timmons compositions. The man was seriously talented, and isn’t celebrated nearly enough. I mean, he wrote Moanin’ and So Tired!