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Art Blakey
(b. 10/11/19 - Pittsburgh, PA    d. 10/16/90 - New York, NY)

Title: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Night At Birdland - Vol 1
Personnel: Art Blakey (drums), Clifford Brown (trumpet), Lou Donaldson (alto sax), Horace Silver (piano), Curly Russell (bass).
Recorded: 1954
Label: Blue Note
Comments: In effect, any Art Blakey record on Blue Note is a classic. We have chosen a sampling of three here, all highlighting different players that moved through the great drummer's band. Blakey, also known for his Muslim name, Buhaina, has a unique place in jazz history as the foremost "proving ground" for young up and coming players. His bands provided a jazz "laboratory" setting where his musical directors could write specifically for the band, thus spawning some of the great original tunes of jazz, such as "Along Came Betty", by Benny Golson, "Moanin'" by Bobby Timmons, and "Lester Left Town," by Wayne Shorter.

Title: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
Personnel: Art Blakey (drums), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).
Recorded: 1958
Label: Blue Note


Title: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Buhaina's Delight
Personnel: Art Blakey (drums), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (temor sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).
Recorded: 1961
Label: Blue Note

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