Gettin’ down to business.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Live at The Paris Olympia – 1958 – RFI
One of my all-time favorites this weekend. Art Blakey was one of the truly innovative, individual and massively influential drummers to grace the Jazz idiom. He took what had previously been considered a by-product of marking time to creating a musical instrument of percussion – giving the drum a voice.
And Blakey was also someone everyone wanted to collaborate with. And so the Jazz Messengers were a very exciting unit to experience as a whole. Here they are in concert in Paris, during the halcyon days where a lot of experimenting and direction-finding were going on.
This concert, recorded over two days (November 22 and December 17, 1958) was given at the legendary Paris Olympia, and features a group consisting of Benny Golson on tenor sax, Bobby Timmons on Piano, Lee Morgan on trumpet and Jimmy Meritt on bass.
Lucky for everyone the venerable Radio France was recording it all. It’s always amazing (but not so surprising) when recognition and the necessity to preserve comes from someplace that isn’t local.
Still happens – they obviously know something we don’t.
Art Blakey – took the thankless job of providing “time” to creating works of Art.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: ArtBlakeyAndTheJazzMessengers1965-03-07CineTeleSoundStudioLondonUK
It’s not even going out on a limb to say Art Blakey did more for taking percussion out of the “keeping time” box and putting in a place of creative expression than most other drummers of the 20th Century did. His influence was far reaching; touching not only Jazz but the burgeoning field of Rock and Progressive Rock in the mid-1960’s.
So this weekend I’m running a concert Blakey and The Jazz Messengers did in London, and recorded on March 7, 1965.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Cine-Tele Sound Studio
March 7, 1965
John Gilmore ts
Lee Morgan tp
John Hicks p
Victor Sproles b
Art Blakey d
1 On the Ginza
2 Lament for Stacy
4 I Can’t Get Started
5 Buhaina Chant
Total time: 0:34:05.00
Enjoy it with the rest of the Weekend.
Art Blakey – heading one of his many all-star lineups.
Click on the Link here for the player: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Live In Zurich – 1958 – 1
Click on the Link here for the player: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Live In Zurich 1958 – 2
A classic concert this weekend. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, featuring Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt in concert at Volkshaus, Zurich on December 4, 1958.
Lucky for us Swiss Radio was on hand to record everything and this almost-two-hour-long concert goes down as a memorable one.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers December 4, 1958 Volkshaus, Zurich
Art Blakey- d;
Lee Morgan -tp;
Benny Golson -ts;
Bobby Timmons -p;
Jymie Merritt -b;
Part 1 – 01. Now’s The Time 13.17
02. The Theme 6.49
03. Moanin 14.31
04. Whisper Not 11.05
05. Evidence 6.14
Part 2. – 01. I Remember Clifford 7.59
02. Just By Myself 6.45
03. Along Came Betty 11.59
04. My Funny Valentine 5.23
05. Come Rain Or Come Shine 8.48
06. Night In Tunisia 9.07
The sound quality is pretty good for the period, and the fact that the whole concert was recorded is something of a miracle.
So sit back and chill with this one and enjoy the ride.
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