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Artist: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

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Label: Original Jazz Classics
Album: Ugetsu
# Song Title   Time
1)    One By One Live More Info... 6:19
2)    Ugetsu Live More Info... 11:01
3)    Time Off Live More Info... 4:56
4)    Ping-Pong Live More Info... 8:07
5)    I Didn't Know What Time It Was Live More Info... 6:30
6)    On The Ginza Live More Info... 7:04
7)    Eva Album Version More Info... 5:54
8)    The High Priest Live More Info... 5:25
9)    The Theme Live More Info... 1:44

Performer Notes
  • Full performer name: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Cedar Walton (piano); Reggie Workman (bass).
  • Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York on June 16, 1963. Originally released on Riverside (9464). Includes liner notes by Ed Sherman and Orrin Keepnews.
  • Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1989, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
  • Ugetsu, a 1963 live set from the original Birdland, finds Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers at the peak of their powers with one of their strongest lineups. The group primarily recorded sessions for Alfred Lion's Blue Note label, but this Riverside date is as strong as any of their previous outings. Having acquired the services of trombonist Curtis Fuller in 1961, the Messengers' front line was its most robust ever, with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard consistently turning in some of their best performances. Rounding out the rhythm section with Blakey are the equally powerful Reggie Workman and Cedar Walton. The Messengers' set list finds the majority of tunes written by musical director Wayne Shorter, as well as a few choice numbers from Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton's title cut. The group is spurred on by a very receptive crowd, tempos and solos are spirited for the most part, and Blakey seems exceptionally energetic despite not performing a single extended solo himself. His between-song banter is equally entertaining. Overall, the group is precise, expressive, and swinging hard, delivering its message from the grandest platform of the time.

Producer:Orrin Keepnews
Format:CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Live
Release Date:3 March, 2008
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Sam on
Prior to purchasing this album, I'd only heard the track "Mosaic" by this line-up of Art Blakey's Messengers, but I loved that track, as well as each individual player in the band. When I stumbled across this CD in a music store I immediately purchased it, and it was well worth it. I've only heard Wayne Shorter's compositions for his own bands and Mile's bands prior to this album, so his tunes here are somewhat of a revelation. The other compositions are fantastic as well, and the band absolutely cooks throughout. I would strongly recommend this CD to any fan of great jazz.

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