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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Caravan (Remastered) (1963/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Caravan (Remastered) (1963/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:20 minutes | 393 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Caravan is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey’s first album for Riverside Records after he signed with them in October 1962. The songs were recorded at the Plaza Sound Studio in New York City, on October 23–24, 1962 The producer was Orrin Keepnews who also supervised the album’s remastered re-release on CD.

In 2007, the BBC described it as “a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest”.

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Art of Jazz – Live in Leverkusen (1996/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Art of Jazz – Live in Leverkusen (1996/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:13:42 minutes | 758 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © IN+OUT Records

The Art of Jazz: Live in Leverkusen is a live album by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival in Germany on October 9, 1989. To commemorate Blakey’s 70th birthday (October 11), the concert featured many special guests—most of whom were former Messengers. Singer Michelle Hendricks sang a song – “Mr. Blakey”—composed for the occasion by founding Messenger Horace Silver.

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Art Blakey – The African Beat (1962/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Art Blakey – The African Beat (1962/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:19 minutes | 453 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

The African Beat is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and The Afro-Drum Ensemble in November 1962 on Blue Note Records. He described it as the first opportunity he had to work with drummers from Africa; as a blend of American jazz with the traditional rhythms and tonal colors in the percussion of that continent. The album features compositions by African and American musicians, all based on aspects of West African (especially Nigerian) music.

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:42:59 minutes | 3,28 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

In 1961, Art Blakey did his first tour of Japan with his then-current lineup of the Jazz Messengers. It was a young crew of players—Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merritt were all in their early 20s, while Blakey was comparatively an elder statesman at 42—and the group only been together for a little more than a year with just two albums (The Big Beat and A Night in Tunisia) under their belt. This two-week tour could have been a straight cash grab, with Blakey and the band giving jazz-starved Japanese audiences a well-mannered and highly competent run through a collection of straight-ahead bop standards. It quickly became clear that—thanks to the enthusiastic reactions of crowds at every single tour stop—they had considerable license to let things rip. And indeed they did. The engaged energy of the crowd fed the players on stage and the result was, as documented on this previously unreleased recording from a Tokyo concert at the end of the tour, some near-electric performances. Instead of acting like ambassadors, the band here is acting more like explorers, taking the crowds’ deep and informed affection for jazz as a license to walk with them into some new terrain that was truly transitioning from the bop era. This set opens with a rambling, jaunty version of Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time” that goes on for 20-plus minutes. Far from a hoary old chestnut being brought out to warm up the audience, it kicks off the show with a lengthy and intense solo from Blakey that is followed up with some expansive and exploratory interplay between Shorter and Morgan. The tone is set for the rest of the show, which runs a warm, but inquisitive vibe through a number of standards. Timmons’ piano work shines so brightly on “‘Round About Midnight,” as one would expect, but near the last third, his keyboard work gives way to some near-cosmic playing from Morgan that totally reshapes the character of Monk’s standard. There’s a great balance in the set between solos and communicative group improvisation, but there’s no mistake that Blakey is the leader, as he not only clocks the most spotlight time, but also provides the necessary bridge between jazz’s past and future. And while he’s obviously not digging into the same vibes he would in the late ’60s and early ’70s with albums like Roots and Herbs and The Witch Doctor, it’s also clearly a few evolutionary clicks beyond the Messengers’ name-making work from the late ’50s. Worth noting: although the sound quality here is not quite audiophile-level (it’s a little thin in places, especially—and unfortunately—on low end/percussion), for a “found” recording, the fidelity is nonetheless rich and transportive. – Jason Ferguson

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Art Blakey – Paris Jam Session (1959/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Art Blakey – Paris Jam Session (1959/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:42:13 minutes | 854 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Paris Jam Session is a live album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with guest appearances by Bud Powell and Barney Wilen, recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 18 December 1959. It was released by Fontana (France) originally, by EmArcy in 1961, and subsequently by Verve on CD as part of their Jazz in Paris series.

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Art Blakey – Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band! (1965/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Art Blakey – Art Blakey And His Driving Big Band! (1965/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:35:47 minutes | 768 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Arthur Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he converted to Islam for a short time in the late 1940s.

Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He then worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s, Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years. The group was formed as a collective of contemporaries, but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, Terence Blanchard, and Wynton Marsalis. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz calls the Jazz Messengers “the archetypal hard bop group of the late 50s”.

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Art Blakey – 1958 Paris Olympia (1958/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Art Blakey – 1958 Paris Olympia (1958/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:55:56 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz
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1958 – Paris Olympia is a live album by drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers recorded at L’Olympia in 1958 and originally released on the French Fontana label.

Scott Yanow of Allmusic called it “Hard bop at its best, all of it propelled by the powerful drumming of Art Blakey”.

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – A Night In Tunisia (Remastered) (1961/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – A Night In Tunisia (Remastered) (1961/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 37:49 minutes | 777 MB | Genre: Jazz
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A Night in Tunisia is a jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers which was recorded in August 1960.

In the original liner notes by Barbara J. Gardner, she wrote: “This album is a prime example of Blakey’s expressed desire to showcase his young talent. Not only is there extended solo room for the musicians; further, all but the title tune were written and arranged by the talented junior jazz citizens in his group”.

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Art Blakey Quintet – A Night in Birdland, Volume 1 (1954/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Art Blakey Quintet – A Night in Birdland, Volume 1 (1954/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 37:21 minutes | 345 MB | Genre: Jazz
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A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell. It was first released by Blue Note Records as a 10″ LP (BLP 5037) and then as a 12″ LP (BLP 1521) containing material from the second 10″ album. It was reissued for the first time on CD in 1987 with two additional tracks (an alternate take of Wee-Dot and an improvisational piece titled Blues), previously released on a 2 LP Compilation in 1975 called Live Messengers (BN-LA473-J2). The CD was reissued again in 2001 as an “RVG Edition” remastered by Rudy Van Gelder with the tracks in a different order. The 1987 CD used the second 12″ LP cover, the 2001 CD revived the original 10″ LP cover.

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Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Au Club St Germain Vol. 3 (1959/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Au Club St Germain Vol. 3 (1959/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:34 minutes | 339 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Music Manager

Art Blakey et les Jazz-Messengers au club St. Germain are a set of live albums recorded on December 21, 1958, at the Club St. Germain in Paris, France by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, released in three volumes by French RCA. All three albums have been collected on CD in the 2015 Sony box set, The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection.

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