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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

In 1947 Art Blakey formed a short-lived big band that he named the 17 Messengers. He also recorded with a smaller group called the Jazz Messengers. In 1954 Blakey was a member of a co-operative band with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins and Horace Silver. This band recorded in 1955 as the Jazz Messengers with Silver as nominal leader. With minor personnel changes the group remained together until 1956. Subsequently, Blakey formed his own band, calling it the Jazz Messengers, a name he retained for all his bands until his death in 1990.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At Slug's, NYC

2. Angel Eyes

3. Slide No. 2

4. Theme

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Track List: Moanin' (Laserlight)

2. You Dont Know What Love Is

4. Moanin'

5. Blue Moon

6. Theme

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Track List: Live At Sweet Basil

2. Blues March (Live)

4. Moanin' (Live)

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Track List: Free For All

1. Free For All

2. Hammer Head

3. The Core

4. Pensativa

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Track List: Ugetsu

1. One By One

2. Ugetsu

3. Time Off

4. Ping Pong

5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

6. On The Ginza

7. Eva

8. The High Priest

9. Conception

10. The Theme

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Track List: A Night In Tunisia (Bonus Tracks)

1. A Night In Tunisia

2. Sincerely Diana

3. So Tired

4. Yama

5. Kozo's Waltz

6. When Your Lover Has Gone

7. Sincerely Diana

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Track List: The Big Beat

1. The Chess Players

2. Sakeena's Vision

3. Politely

4. Dat Dere

5. Lester Left Town

6. It's Only A Paper Moon

7. It's Only A Paper Moon (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Moanin'

1. Warm-Up And Dialogue Between Lee And Rudy

2. Moanin'

3. Are You Real?

4. Along Came Betty

5. The Drum Thunder Suite: First Theme: Drum Thunder/Second Theme: Cry A Blue Tear...

6. Blues March

7. Come Rain Or Come Shine

8. Moanin' (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Drum Suite

1. The Sacrifice

2. Cubano Chant

3. Oscalypso

4. Nica's Tempo

5. D's Dilemma

6. Just For Marty

7. Lil' T (AKA The Third)

8. The New Message (AKA Little T) (Take 1)

9. The New Message (AKA Little T) (Take 3)

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Track List: At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 1 And Volume 2)

1. Hipsippy Blues (Live)

2. Chicken An' Dumplings (Live)

3. Justice (Live)

4. M & M (Live)

5. The Theme (Live)

6. Hi-Fly (Live)

8. Just Coolin' (Live)

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Track List: Jazz Masters In Paris

12. Blues March

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Track List: Like Someone In Love (Bonus Tracks)

1. Like Someone In Love

2. Johnny's Blue

3. Noise In The Attic

4. Sleeping Dancer Sleep On

5. Giantis

6. Sleeping Dancer Sleep On (Alternate Take)

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Track List: The Jazz Messengers At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2

1. Announcement By Art Blakey

2. Sportin' Crowd

3. Like Someone In Love

4. Yesterdays

5. Avila & Tequila

6. I Waited For You (Live)

7. Just One Of Those Things

8. Hank's Symphony

9. Gone With The Wind

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rmekita3
Blakey is like a metronome. always surrounded by great soloists!
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Thanks, Vince. I wish Pandora would list this info with the tracks.
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Bill Hardman - tmpt, Billy Harper - sax, Ronnie Matthews - piano, Lawrence Evans - bass, Julian Priester - tbone. Recorded 1968
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The text is bullshit. All of the rich and beautiful streams of jazz continue to merge and diverge. They survive and thrive today.

Great sax solo. Wonder who it was.
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I grew up listening to great musicians such as Art B
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Dat dare was a beautiful piece by blakey
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When I was a young runny nose kid trying to understand all the jazz styles out in the 1970's, I was listening to WJZZ, Detroit (I always wanted to say those call letters:), and Rosetta The Rose Hinds said, I could tell you how jazz should sound, but Art Blakey can play it better than I can explain it. Either you will get it or you won't. She was right. I got it. The music flowed from musician to musician and the depth of each instrument was reached no matter the song.
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See you then. :)
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Ffcx
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One of my favorites in Jazz for the last 40 years, never get tired of listening to him & the Jazz Messengers
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This bio really misses the point about Blakey . He wasn't just the hardest driving drummer in jazz but his band was the epitome of taste, tone color, and style. He always gave his musicians free range to innovate and develop their own compositions . He held back when it was appropriate and burned when called for . Far from being a conservative Buh was always innovative and intelligent - the definition of hip and that's why anyone with any brains in the 60s knew he was still the center of where ja
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Art Blakey is the best so smooth and clean. Something you would never have a problem pulling up your honey real real close body to body and feel like heaven together.
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Perfection! Another Jazz Master!
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Simply one of the Best
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yeah Art always had the monsters; brother was quite the prince
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lthe bass
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

Lee Morgan defined the trumpet sound and ethos for the Art Blakey sound, in spite of the many fine trumpet players who preceded him and subsequently followed him.
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Never heard him live...but Moanin is one of my favorites... h a d the pleasure of hearing the Chicago Jazz Orchestra nail it at Andy's.... Sat at the bar next to the drummer...mu s i c still connects....
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wow this guy was the best. I love TJM. He birthed many great performers. He would lead them all.
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"Moan in'" IS jazz!
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if my memory serves me right-I saw blakey and weather report at the montreaux jazz festival in 1976 you had to be there . hichiked back to yverdon-comp l e t l y drunk and jazzhappy !!!
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He is the man. Skynndove
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Art Blakey, Kids on the Slope
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the mainstream consensus isn't really evolving..th a t ' s why it's mainstream.. I dig hard bop alright..but to Quote George Carzon...it' s time to move on./
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the evolving mainstream consensus... e m p h a s i s on mainstream = commercial. I still dig Ornette.
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alright, Joe!
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reaching for crazy, passing madness, spin out, hit the wall and roll into heaven with hot sauce on it.
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poppa_bear49
TAKE YOUR TIME...TAKE YOUR TIME!!!
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rogerblocke
Pandora rules !
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As I'm listening to "Jodo" live, I hear the theme song "Star Trek " love it. Fan of Star Trek.
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Pandora, you are playing ALL of my favorites jazz beats ...12/15/201 4 . . . . 2 2 0 0 h r s
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Art Blakey, the only drummer who can make a drum roll sound like the end of the world.
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rbgrandaddy1
Only one thing to say sweet
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dave5962
Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling it like it is!

The jazz avant-garde epitomized by John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman was one of those ego-trips run on the world by those determined to replace the gut-level roots of any art form with intellectual i z e d nonsense. Alain Robbe Grillet's boring avant-garde in French literature and the cerebralized machinations of deconstructi o n i s m and etc. always disappear because they have divorced themselves from the heart of what it means to be human.
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Art Blakey is a beast. He absolutely destroys the kit while still maintaining the finesse that makes jazz so beautiful. One of my favorite drummers ever.
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The only way art blakey
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Very much enjoy Mr. Blakey and his Messengers, always have!
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I used to work with Art B's grandson here in NYC. What a wonderful man he was too and so was his lovely wife! He brought out family photos of his life growing up in Harlem with his grand-father and his mom who was Art's daughter. Art just had so much feeling when he played, and his music puts me in a good mood. I just love jazz and Art was one of the best!
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Those are the best advocates of Hard Bop. Their style is deeply connected to the preachers and the the roots of Afro American music. This is great music.
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dave5962
The jazz avant-garde epitomized by John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman was one of those ego-trips run on the world by those determined to replace the gut-level roots of any art form with intellectual i z e d nonsense. Alain Robbe Grillet's boring avant-garde in French literature and the cerebralized machinations of deconstructi o n i s m and etc. always disappear because they have divorced themselves from the heart of what it means to be human.
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awesome ..I was in France back in the 60's and I remember seeing Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at a venue in Paris the Olympia club..wow. He even did sound track for a French movie Lift Up The Scalpow or something like this. great memories
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rogerblocke
Art Blakey played groove jazz and skipped the jazz of the day. Hats off to him ...
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After listening to Art and The Jazz Messengers, I feel a lot happier, can't explain.
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His name was "Clifford Brown" the young musicians
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Young trumpet artist died in a car accident and his nickname was Brownie, early twenties was a great loss what was his first name????
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Love this jam "Moanin" just beautiful sound of pure jazz, they are so talented. Peace
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jackmassey
BILLY HARPER KILLIN IT ON ANGEL EYES!!!! Personnel: Art Blakey: drums; Ronnie Mathews: piano; Lawrence EVans: bass; Bill Hardman: trumpet; Julian Priester: trombone; Billy Harper: tenor saxophone.
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I feel it,NOTHING BUT LOVE!
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The messengers of jazz their name speaks for itself as for Art Blakely what cant be said? He was the smoothest! Great! !"!"
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Art Blakey (Bu) was just as iconic musician as Satchmo, Trane, Miles or anyone else that ever Swung on the bandstand not only for his explosive drumming and percussion work but, also the way his Messengers was the finishing school for soo many great musicians. His impact on modern music and the respect he received after his death only grow and resonate on a deeper level as time passes
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