Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers The Jazz Messengers 180g 2LP
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the October 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
Audio Beat Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
180g Vinyl Double LP Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Blakey is joined by Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver and Doug Watkins for
this album of music recorded in New York City in 1956. This 180g Double LP
reissue, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering at Lyndhurst Hall, London,
contains five bonus tracks not issued on the original release.
"Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers is a vital part of jazz history. The sound has the rawness of the mono recordings of this period. Liner notes by George Avakian (1956) and Kenny Washington (1997) are informative and precise. Audiophiles and jazz enthusiasts should welcome this album to their collection." - Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com
"All of Analogue Productions' Nat "King" Cole releases go the extra mile. They come with well-done booklets that discuss in detail each album's history and the remastering wizardry responsible for their sonics." - Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
• Limited Edition 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Audiophile Remastering
• Double LP
• Gatefold Jacket
• Five bonus tracks not on original release
• Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Horace Silver, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
Art Blakey, drums
LP1 - Side 1:
2. Nica's Dream
3. It's You Or No One
LP1 - Side 2:
2. Carol's Interlude
3. The End Of A Love Affair
4. Hank's Symphony
LP2 - Side 3:
2. Ill Wind*
3. Late Show*
LP2 - Side 4:
1. Deciphering The Message*
2. Carol's Interlude (alt take)*
*Bonus Tracks Not On Original LP
|I must disclose that this is one of my favorite jazz records with every single member of the session being one of my top on their instrument minus Watkins although his performance is strong here and I just prefer Chambers - personnel: Byrd - trumpet, Mobley - tenor, Silver - keys, Blakey - skins, Watkins - bass. For some reason I thought I was buying a 45 RPM double-album - I was pleasantly surprised that this is simply a double-album at 33 1/3 meaning you get the original LP and album 2 is bonus material. It is basically the same record as the Columbia CD reissue but this is a re-mastering cut on 180 gram vinyl. I will try to stay brief but the presentation is top notch and includes original notes on the back as well as new notes inside by Kenny Washington. Although I never owned nor have I even had the pleasure of sampling the original LP, this blows the CD out of the water. Again, I absolutely love each chart but the CD was plagued by terrible tinniness and that is completely gone here. The re-mastering is excellent and the mono really shines in its original glory. I wont give you a play-by-play of each chart on the album but there are some excellent Blakey solos - including what I consider the absolute best drum solo possibly in all of the jazz spectrum on Hanks Symphony - that could really touch off a debate but listen for yourself. All in all, this is an excellent record with exceptional packaging and an excellent re-mastering by some of the best in the game. Do you get the message?|