Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Soul Finger

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Along with Gene Krupa and Max Roach, one of the most popular and influential jazz drummers ever is the late Art Blakey. Blakey wasn’t only a powerful drummer and hard-bop standard-bearer–his many editions of the Jazz Messengers were a finishing school for a few generations of players (including Freddie Hubbard and Chuck Mangione). Originally issued in 1965, Soul Finger finds the Messengers in transition. Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard make farewell appearances here, and the fine, underrated saxophonist Lucky Thompson gets a guest shot. Then up-and-comer Gary Bartz is on alto; the super-fine inside-outside pianist is John Hicks. While not exactly a mellow affair, Soul Finger is a bit more relaxed, less furious, than usual.

Personnel: Lucky Thompson (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan (trumpet); John Hicks (piano); Victor Sproles (bass instrument); Art Blakey (drums).

Tracklist

01. Soul Finger
02. Buh’s Bossa
03. Spot Session
04. Freedom Monday
05. A Quiet Thing (From Flora The Red Menace)
06. The Hub

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