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.
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.
Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, Art Blakey, during Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ A Night in Tunisia session, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 7, 1960
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.
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Jymie Merritt (bass) Art Blakey(drum)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 2, 1961
Listening: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Meet You At the Jazz Corner of the World
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Dat Dere
Listening to Curtis Fuller’s ‘Soul Trombone’. He formed a collective of musicians for this session known as “The Jazz Clan”. It was similar to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, which most of the Jazz Clan were also part of. This is an original pressing.
A riveting performance of ‘Buhaina’s Delight’ by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. This performance is special because it features John Gilmore on the tenor sax front and center. Gilmore was a monster player who never became famous. However, his signature sound is evident in many players, most notably John Coltrane. Coltrane took lessons from Gilmore in the late 50s. When Coltrane seeks you out for tutelage, then you are the real deal. The best example of Gilmore’s influence on Coltrane is on the song ‘Chasin’ the Trane’. It appears on the Live at the Village Vanguard album.
A big part of the reason why Gilmore never became famous was because for most of his career, he chose to play in Sun Ra’s Arkestra. It certainly wasn’t because he wasn’t in demand, he was. Nevertheless, he had some excellent dates on Blue Note records with Andrew Hill and Cliff Jordan.