CD Ken Burns Jazz [Art Blakey] (CD 984917), Audio Other
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Ken Burns Jazz [Art Blakey]

  • 1. Confirmation
    2. Doodlin'
    3. Evidence
    4. Moanin'
    5. Blues March
    6. Night in Tunisia, A
    7. Free for All
    8. When Love Is New
    9. Ms. B.C.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 549089

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Seidel (Compilation)

    Personnel: Art Blakey (drums); Lou Donaldson, Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Bill Pierce (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, James Williams (piano); Curley Russell, Doug Watkins, Spanky DeBrest, Jymie Merritt, Reggie Workman, Charles Fambrough (bass).
    Recorded between 1954 and 1981. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
    Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
    This is part of the Verve Records Ken Burns JAZZ series.
    Personnel: Art Blakey (spoken vocals, drums); Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Bill Pierce (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown , Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan , Wynton Marsalis, Bill Hardman (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, James Williams , Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton (piano).
    Liner Note Authors: Peter Keepnews; Doug Ramsey.
    Recording information: 02/21/1954-04/12/1981.
    Photographers: Paul J. Hoeffler; Lee Tanner; Herman Leonard.
    In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Hard bop stalwart Art Blakey was arguably the finest drummer in the style, not only gracing countless Blue Note recording sessions but also leading his own group, the Jazz Messengers, which gained a reputation as a training ground for high-quality young musicians. Surprisingly, Ken Burns Jazz neglects the late-'70s/early-'80s edition of the Messengers, which featured a just-out-of-high-school Wynton Marsalis; most of what's here comes from the '50s and '60s version of the band. Given the comprehensiveness of most of the Burns samplers, it's a little disappointing, but what is here is excellent nonetheless, and at least makes for a good introduction to Blakey's Blue Note prime. ~ Steve Huey

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