The Art of Jazz: Live in Leverkusen

The Art of Jazz: Live in Leverkusen

by Art Blakey & the Jazz MessengersArt Blakey & the Jazz Messengers


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Drummer Art Blakey and the 1989 version of his Jazz Messengers (with trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, trombonist Frank Lacy, pianist Geoff Keezer and bassist Buster Williams) celebrated the leader's 70th birthday by welcoming back several notable alumni: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Terence Blanchard, altoists Jackie McLean and Donald Harrison, tenors Wayne Shorter and Benny Golson, pianist Walter Davis Jr. and trombonist Curtis Fuller. This single CD has some of the highlights of the British concert, although one wishes that the entire date had been released, for some of the musicians only make cameo appearances. Highlights include the opportunities to hear Shorter in this setting (he is well featured on "Lester Left Town") and versions of "Along Came Betty" and "Blues March" that contain short solos from many of the players. In addition, Michele Hendricks sings Horace Silver's words to "Mr. Blakey"; drummer Roy Haynes plays second drums on "Blues March"; and the CD concludes with a nearly-13 minute interview that Mike Hennessey conducted with Blakey in 1976 in which the drummer reminisces about the Jazz Messengers' early days. Well worth picking up.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2019
Label: In & Out Records
UPC: 0798747714228
catalogNumber: 77142
Rank: 111346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Primary Artist
Curtis Fuller   Trombone,Soloist
Michele Hendricks   Vocals
Geoff Keezer   Piano,Soloist,Group Member
Brian Lynch   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Javon Jackson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet,Soloist
Walter Davis   Piano,Soloist
Essiet Essiet   Bass,Group Member
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Roy Haynes   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Soloist
Frank Lacy   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Buster Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Wayne Shorter   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Terence Blanchard   Composer
Art Blakey   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Roy Haynes   Composer
Mike Hennessey   Producer,Engineer
Winnie Leyh   Engineer
Hyou Vielz   Cover Photo
Jürgen Schwab   Cover Design
Frank Kleinschmidt   Executive Producer

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