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Art Blakey - Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk

Art Blakey - Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk

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Release Date 20/05/2022
Format 2LP 
Label Rhino Atlantic
Catalogue Number 0603497842391


In May of 1957, Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers went into the studio with Thelonious Monk to record a one-off album for Atlantic. The Jazz Messengers were a loose collective of young Jazz musicians, with a constantly rotating lineup to keep the music fresh and help launch new careers. In this iteration we find Art Blakey on drums, Thelonious Monk on piano, Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Bill Hardman on trumpet and Spanky DeBrest on bass.

Blakey had recorded with Monk on various occasions, but this was the first time Monk sat in with the Jazz Messengers. This also marks Thelonious Monk’s only appearance on Atlantic Records. The result is a true meeting of the minds, a beautiful union of Monk’s melodies with Blakey’s unshakable sense of swing. This 65th Anniversary deluxe edition includes an extra disc of unreleased outtakes, celebrating the most sensational jazz collaboration of the 1950s.

Tracklist

Evidence 
In Walked Bud 
Blue Monk
I Mean You 
Rhythm-A-Ning 
Purple Shades

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