Art Blakey Quartet – Jazz Message

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Taking a step outside his Jazz Messengers ensemble, Art Blakey recorded a leisurely session for Impulse! In 1963 with friend Sonny Stitt and the then youngsters McCoy Tyner and Art Davis. Jazz Message, however, is not an insignificant session, but rather a grand documentation of the natural talent of these remarkable artists. Indeed, the session has the feel of a Sunday afternoon jam where four friends have come together to enjoy each other’s company and talents. The group’s loose approach, with little regard for any details save the music, gives the tunes a freshness that is sometimes lacking when arrangements are overly complicated.

From the opening romp of “Cafe” the energy flows freely as Blakey drives the quartet with his powerful drumming. Gershwin’s perennial “Summertime” is given an easy-going swing and provides a pleasant take on the often-overworked standard. Likewise, Tyner’s “Blues Rack” is a simple traditional blues that serves as a springboard for some fine blowing by all. Finally, the always uplifting “The Song Is You” is a gentle swinger that closes the session with a smile that, in the end, is the best message of all.

Tracklist

01. Cafe
02. Just Knock On My Door
03. Summertime
04. Blues Back
05. Sunday
06. The Song Is You

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2 Responses to “Art Blakey Quartet – Jazz Message”

  1. Andy says:

    Well, this is a very good album. My dad used to set up this lp when i was a boy. It a kind of a part of my youth. Thanks for posting!

  2. Andy says:

    O piĆ¹ semplicemente, parlando come mangio (e come mangi, credo), grazie per averlo postato…

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