Thursday, March 15, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Artist:Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
1961's Mosaic was the beginning of a very fertile period for Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. It was the first record that the group recorded as a quintet and the same basic lineup remained together until 1964 when several of these guys went on to jazz stardom of their own. You've got Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Cedar Walton on piano & Jymie Merritt on bass. These are great musicians and composers and Crisis is a great Hubbard song. This version of the Jazz Messengers was the template for Art Blakey's success. Bring in young musicians. They stay a couple of years and they're ready to take the jazz world by storm. This pattern continued for three decades and cements Blakey's legacy. Here's Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers performing Moanin' in 1962. It's the same lineup except for Reggie Workman on bass.