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Art Blakey - The Jazz Messenger album

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The Jazz Messengers were an influential jazz combo that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when long-time leader and founding drummer Art Blakey died in 1990. Blakey led or co-led the group from the outset. Art Blakey" and "Jazz Messengers" became synonymous over the years, though Blakey did lead non-Messenger recording sessions and played as a sideman for other groups throughout his career.

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The name Jazz Messengers had been used by Art Blakey earlier, but when Horace Silver and Blakey began working together in the early 1950's the name had been dormant several years. The Jazz Messengers formed as a collective, nominally led by Silver or Blakey. The original lineup of Blakey, Silver, Hank Mobley, & Kenny Dorham, was relatively shortlived.

Listen to music from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers like Moanin', Come Rain or Come Shine & more. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Art Blakey and Horace Silver formed the Jazz Messengers in 1955 and co-led it. When Silver dropped out in the group's first year the group name was changed to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

That man was Art Blakey. For more than 30 years, he led The Jazz Messengers, a band which became a sort of graduate school and springboard for some of the greatest jazz players of all time. Art Blakey counts Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Terence Blanchard among his Jazz Messengers alumni. And that's the short list. Ninety years ago - on Oct. 11, 1919 - one of the greatest bandleaders and drummers in jazz was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. That man was Art Blakey.


1 Ecaroh 6:01
2 Cranky Spanky 4:46
3 Stella By Starlight 8:53
4 Hank's Symphony 4:35
5 Little Melonae 8:20
6 Infra-Rae 6:55
7 Carol's Interlude 5:34
8 The New Message 8:39


  • Alto Saxophone – Jackie McLean (tracks: 2, 3, 5)
  • Bass – Doug Watkins (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7), Spanky De Brest* (tracks: 2, 3, 5), Wilbur Ware (tracks: 8)
  • Drums – Art Blakey
  • Piano – Horace Silver (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7), Kenny Drew (tracks: 8), Sam Dockery (tracks: 2, 3, 5)
  • Producer – Mike Berniker
  • Tenor Saxophone – Hank Mobley (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7), Ira Sullivan (tracks: 8)
  • Trumpet – Bill Hardman (tracks: 2, 3, 5), Donald Byrd (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8), Ira Sullivan (tracks: 8)


Tracks # 1,4 recorded May 4th. Tracks # 2,3,5 recorded December 12th. Tracks # 6,7 recorded April 5th. Track # 8 recorded June 25th. All was recorded in New York, NY, year 1956.

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  • Barcode: 07464471182

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Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
467920 2, COL 467920 2 Art Blakey The Jazz Messenger ‎(CD, Comp, RM) Columbia, Columbia 467920 2, COL 467920 2 Europe 1991

Art Blakey - The Jazz Messenger album
Hard Bop
Performer: Art Blakey
Title: The Jazz Messenger
Category: Jazz
Country: Europe
Released: 1991
Rating: 4.4/5
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