Sunday, January 17, 2010

Art BLAKEY & The Jazz Messengers – Midnight Session 1957

Art BLAKEY & The Jazz Messengers – Midnight Session 1957
Recorded at Carl Fisher Concert Hall, NYC, March 8, 9 1957


One of the rarest Art Blakey sessions of the late 50s -- recorded during that brief time when the Jazz Messengers featured Jackie McLean on alto sax! The set's recorded with an edge that's perhaps a bit rougher than some of the other Blakey records during this "many labels" stretch -- but in a way that seems to also bring out some especially great qualities in McLean's horn! Other members here include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery on piano -- and the differences here make for a nice change from the usual Blakey! Titles include "Casino", "Potpourri", "The Biddie Griddies", "Ugh", and "Reflections Of Buhania".
From Dusty Groove.
Bill Hardman- Trumpet
Jackie McLean– Alto Saxophone
Sam Dockery– Piano
Spanky De Brest– Bass
Art Blakey- Drums
A1. Casino 5:01
A2. The "Biddie Griddies" 5:57
A3. Potpourri 4:21
B1. Ugh! 5:33
B2. Mirage 4:41
B3. Reflections Of Buhainia 4:11

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