Limited Edition 180 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Only the 1st 1,500 Copies are Numbered!
Cut by Kevin Gray at 45 RPM and packaged in extra-thick cardboard stock gatefold jackets!
Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford
Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But
he also delivered the "message" of hard bop through thousands of performances at
festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very
highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this
recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors
have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to
the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing
in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the
time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax,
however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend
the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of
Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without
these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how
to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great
• Limited Edition
• Only the 1st 1,500 Copies are Numbered!
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed by RTI
1. À la Mode
4. You Don't Know What Love Is
5. I Hear a Rhapsody
6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You