ART BLAKEY
       The Jazz Messengers

            Recording Date:
                May 4, 1956 tk 4-8

                Art Blakey           D
                Donald Byrd        TP
                Curtis Fuller       TB
                Jymie Merritt      B
                Hank Mobley       TS
                Lee Morgan         TP
                Wayne Shorter    TS
                Horace Silver       P

                Bobby Timmons   P
                Doug Watkins      B

Review by Scott Yanow
This CD reissue brings back the music on the earlier LP titled Art Blakey with the Original Jazz Messengers, plus five other selections (just one of which is an alternate) from the same two sessions that were formerly out on imported sets; "Deciphering the Message" was previously unreleased altogether. These were the last recordings by the Art Blakey-Horace Silver Jazz Messengers before pianist Silver went out on his own and the first edition disbanded. Trumpeter Donald Byrd, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and bassist Doug Watkins (along with Silver and Blakey) are in excellent form. Silver's "Nica's Dream" is heard here in the original version, and the band is typically hard-swinging throughout the 76-minute-plus program.

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