Art Blakey

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Blakey, (Arthur) Art

(1919–90) jazz musician; born in Pittsburgh, Pa. An influential drummer, he performed with Billy Eckstine's big band between 1944–47 and freelanced on numerous recordings. From 1954 until his death, he led the Jazz Messengers, a combo he consistently renewed with outstanding young players. He was a proselytizer for jazz and a leading exponent of "hard bop," an explosive style characterized by a strong backbeat and bluesy lyricism.
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Jean will be paying homage to the great drummer and bandleader Art, who led the world acclaimed Jazz Messengers for over 35 years, and Jean, himself a Jazz Messenger in the 1980s, brings his quintet to Mold on Tuesday, November 17.
After he describes the hardening of bebop, he profiles such musicians and ensembles as Art Blakely and The Jazz Messengers, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Lee Morgan/Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt/Johnny Griffin, and Jackie McLean.
Because Ken Dorham left so few traces of his nonmusical life, Oliphant gives us instead a biography of his music, parsing and reflecting on virtually every song he ever recorded, backing a dazzling array of geniuses from Lester Young to John Coltrane to Dorham's favorite, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to: "prodigious Joao Carlos Martins / pianist who recorded all of Bach's / preludes gigues fugues & gavottes / corrente notes as if fins in streams.
He made his biggest impact with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in the 1950s, then went on to produce a prolific flow of his own albums for the Blue Note label.
WHEN Horace Silver and Art Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers in 1955, their goal was to make jazz accessible again by infusing their set with a deep blues and gospel feel.
There is an intrinsic beauty and style on Why Deny that reminds the listener of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, and yes, the Mongo bands of the 1960s.
As a teen, he soaked up the sounds of American small-group jazz by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.
Golson, whose saxophone playing graced such bands as Dizzy Gillespie's and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, produced strong musical formats that fully showcase solo playing and Waterman's interpretation makes for a truly entertaining set.
Blakey also led the Jazz Messengers for more than 30 years and is credited with keeping the flame of bald hop alive with an ever-evolving lineup.
As a brash teenager Courtney Pine turned down a job playing saxophone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers which is a bit like a young football hopeful turning his nose up at signing with Manchester United.
Other favorites include the Jose Fajardo classic Ay Que Rico, featuring Alfred Ortiz on vocals, and the closing track Human Nature, a mambo jazz a la Jazz Messengers with mucho Latin flavor.