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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland (1963/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland (1963/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Title: Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop
Label: © Riverside Records | Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1963/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:43
Recorded live at Birdland, New York City; June 16, 1963
24-bit Remastering: Joe Tarantino, Joe Tarantino Mastering, Berkeley, CA


The place was a Broadway cellar that, with characteristic and not very exaggerated swagger, proclaimed itself "The Jazz Corner of the World." The date was mid-June 1963, when the New York post-bop era was still very much in progress. The bandleader was Art Blakey, then–as he continued to be for over two decades–celebrated as a developer of major new talent (the young lineup on this occasion included such as Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter). The result, this Jazz Messengers album, remains a swinging pleasure and a reaffirmation of the belief that this kind of on-the-scene adventure can create some of the most effective recorded jazz.

Ugetsu, a 1963 live set from the original Birdland, finds Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers at the peak of their powers with one of their strongest lineups. The group primarily recorded sessions for Alfred Lion's Blue Note label, but this Riverside date is as strong as any of their previous outings. Having acquired the services of trombonist Curtis Fuller in 1961, the Messengers' front line was its most robust ever, with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard consistently turning in some of their best performances. Rounding out the rhythm section with Blakey are the equally powerful Reggie Workman and Cedar Walton. the Messengers' set list finds the majority of tunes written by musical director Wayne Shorter, as well as a few choice numbers from Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton's title cut. The group is spurred on by a very receptive crowd, tempos and solos are spirited for the most part, and Blakey seems exceptionally energetic despite not performing a single extended solo himself. His between-song banter is equally entertaining. Overall, the group is precise, expressive, and swinging hard, delivering its message from the grandest platform of the time. --AllMusic Review by Rovi Staff


Tracklist:
1 One By One 6:31
2 Ugetsu 11:25
3 Time Off 5:14
4 Ping-Pong 8:30
5 I Didn't Know What Time It Was 6:28
6 On the Ginza 7:16
Bonus tracks
7 Eva 5:46
8 The High Priest 5:38
9 Conception (previously unreleased) 5:13
10 The Theme 1:42


Personnel:
Art Blakey, drums
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
Cedar Walton, piano
Curtis Fuller, trombone
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Reggie Workman, double bass


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