Art Blakey Orgy In Rhythm - Volume One LP
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Highly Influential Album Reissued On Vinyl LP!
It is interesting how the Jazz sounds of the 1950s and early 1960s influenced
later psychedelic bands and if you dig yourself through to the most influential
records of that mind expanding extraordinary wing of jazz music you will hit Art
Blakey and this album directly with your nose. The title says it all and what
you get to listen to here will surely take you away from the cold and grey
reality and drag you onto a trip to the center of your galaxy. It starts with a
haunting passage that shows roots in African and Latin folk music, then explodes
into a cacophony of poly rhythmical patterns. There are voices allover the place
but it is not singing in the actual way. This voice howls in the more gentle
parts and spits commands over the wild rhythm burst outs. Art Blakey smokes and
despite his completely unleashed playing he makes his drums sound melodic.
Sometimes he gets accompanied by a piano or flute but their lines will hardly
show up and seem like doomed greetings from forlorn dimensions while the sheer
power of the drumming becomes the true reality and tears up your mind to let it
float out. And this is only the first piece called "Buhaina chant". "Ya ya" as
second piece is a bit more melodic and has an irresistible groovy flow, still
with this melodic drumming that builds the spine of this outstanding record.
German 70s project NIAGARA has recorded similar drum based music 15 years ahead
of this 1957 release. The few bass lines and piano sounds and the occasional
flute are nothing but tinges of color to make this an even more exciting affair.
And it really sounds like a ritual as the album title implies, a ritual as quite
often indicated by H.P. Lovecraft in his haunting novels and short stories about
unspeakable cults. The album gets more song oriented with the beginning of the
next piece "Toffi". Traditional African chants on a bass, piano and drum
background flow into a passage where the piano takes off for a longer solo that
is rooted in blues, boogie and ragtime jazz, the flute gets a solo passage as
well on a base of Latin tinged drum and bass patterns and a repetitive piano
chords. But again the piece gets stripped down to it's bare rhythmical spine and
then Art Blakey comes to freak out on his drumkit. You can still hear the piano
and bass doing the same line over and over again but your attention lies with
the furious antics of Mr. Blakey while the percussive backing hypnotizes you.
Again we have this cultish and ritualistic appeal. An orgy in rhythm. "Split
skins" as song title will prepare you for what comes over you. Another nine
minutes of drumming power. It comes as a sheer endless drum solo and still keeps
your attention going from the first to the last beat. Blakey is to the drums
what Coltrane is to the tenor saxophone and what John McLaughlin is to guitar, a
visionary, a traveler and searcher who pushes himself and his boundaries
forward. Aged 38 by the time he recorded this album he reached his first peak.
As a member of groups with Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis he certainly was a
common name among jazz aficionados and this album showed that he actually was
much more than just the drummer of some bigger leaders. A top classic and still
as relevant as it was in 1957 when it got released.
• Vinyl LP
Wendell Marshall, bass
Sabu, bongos, timbales, vocals (A1)
Jose Valiente, congas
Carlos Valdez, congas
Art Blakey, drums, vocals, B1)
Art Taylor, drums
Herbie Mann, flute
Evilio Quintero, maracas, percussion
Ray Bryant, piano
Ubaldo Nieto, timbales
Jo Jones, timpani
Specs Wright, timpani
1. Buhaina Chant
2. Ya Ya
2. Split Skins