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For 35 years Art Blakey was the pre-eminent leader of the hard-bop movement, a term frequently applied to an intense, hard driving style of jazz that combined elements of bebop, Rhythm & Blues and gospel music, that began to emerge in the early 1950s. Hard bop is usually regarded as being characterized by dark, weighty, earthy timbres, soulful inflections of pitch, blues-like melodic figures, and sometimes harmonies and chord progressions reminiscent of the sanctified church. Hard bop flourished during the late fifties and sixties, experienced a dip in popularity, like most jazz forms, during the 1970s and enjoyed an unprecedented revival from the mid-1980s onwards. During 35 years Art Blakey led his Jazz Messengers, an ensemble that ranked among the most rewarding in jazz. The Jazz Messengers served as a springboard for talented young musicians who were prepared to push themselves beyond the limit, or burn-out in the process. As a leader, Art Blakey always insisted on complete musicianship and the understanding that without risk jazz is dead. Blakey had no time for timidity or playing it safe, his drumming encouraged daring and brilliance. He consistently stood by his musical principles. In doing so the Jazz Messengers have shaped the style of most small group blowing over four decades. Blakey's role as a teacher, finder and developer of young talent is unsurpassed in jazz.


  1. Name
  2. Anouncement By Pee Wee Marquette
  3. Once In A While
  4. Quicksilver
  5. Wee Dot
  6. Blues
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. If I Had You
  9. Now's The Time
  10. Split Kick
  11. A Night In Tunisia
  12. Confirmation
  13. Mayreh
  14. Lou's Blues
  15. Anouncement By Art Blakey
  16. Soft Winds
  17. The Theme
  18. Minor's Holiday
  19. Alone Together
  20. Prince Albert
  21. Avila & Tequila
  22. Sportin' Crowd
  23. Yesterdays
  24. Like Someone In Love
  25. I Waited For You
  26. Lady Bird
  27. What's New
  28. Just One Of Those Things
  29. Gone With The Wind
  30. Deciphering The Message
  31. It's You Or No One
  32. The End Of A Love Affair
  33. Carol's Interlude
  34. Ill Wind
  35. Nica's Dream
  36. Infra-Rae
  37. Late Show
  38. Ecaroh
  39. Hank's Symphony
  40. Weird-O
  41. Cranky Spanky
  42. Little Melonae
  43. D's Dilemma
  44. Just For Marty
  45. Nica's Tempo
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