Jazz Icons: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Live in '58
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You are essentially buying an important piece of American history with this one. It is "the music that changed the world" according to Quincy Jones and while some may look upon that statement as a bit of hyperbole, I tend to agree with him. To see these five artists on film is something truly special for any jazz fan. To be able to watch the young, baby-faced Lee Morgan on trumpet, the austere, perfectionist Bobby Timmons on piano, the blissful and boisterous leader Art Blakey on drums, the reflective, reliable Jymmie Merrit on bass and the composed, temperate Benny Golson on sax... you can't tell me it gets much better than that! These cats play with such intentness, nothing too flashy, never flamboyant, it was all about business, all about playing proficiently and giving it your all.
Trust me folks, this one is a thing of beauty!
recording of Moanin', the biggest selling Blue Note recording. This is the best video of Lee Morgan
that exitsts. The audio and video quality are flawless. It is a must have for any jazz lover or student of
the music. DO NOT PASS ON THIS!!! It is KILLIN'!!!
I play jazz drums as a hobby and one of my heroes is Art Blakey. I pounced on this when I saw it and was not disappointed. The video as well as the sound is flawless. The performances are incredible with each one being a highlight. Watch for Art's cymbal stand "pyrotechniques" at the end of "Night in Tunisia." Seeing the performance of "Moaning" was like watching history. Art and his Messenger's were swingin' hard!
Next up is Buddy Rich, Thelonius, Ella and then the rest. I am buying them all and urge you to do the same.
Moanin on Blue Note was Blakey classic release and to now after 50 years I get to see the band that started my interest in Jazz
Lee Morgan,Benny Golson etc LIVE and UnRelease until now
This is jazz history at its best
The Jazz Icon people produces packages with all the right details
Gloriously filmed in Black and White, fantastic mono sound
A 20 page essay on Blakey and his band
A feast for bebopers everyware. get it !!!!!!!!
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This video does the next best thing - captures that same line-up in a live performance. In fact, being there - even via a video - at a live performance would easily satisfy my wish as a fan.
My favorite segment on this video is Lee Morgan playing Benny Golson's I Remember Clifford. To me that was a musical and emotional high point. Of course, Bobby Timmons playing his own composition, Moanin', and Merritt's bass solo caught my attention. That segment lasted fifteen minutes and everyone contributed to it being a masterpiece.
No Jazz Messenger performance would be complete without Night in Tunisia. Blakey was absolutely explosive.
Let me preface that this is am amazing video that will please any fan or jazz musician. Now for the quibbles: there is no scene indexing on this DVD. You have one option: play. I can live with that because the booklet that comes with this video far exceeded my expectations for being informative. It, alone, is almost worth the price of the DVD. I was so into this performance that I was disappointed that it ended after only 55 minutes. On the other hand, 55 minutes of Jazz Messenger playing is like triple that of any other ensemble because Blakey's energy and drive spurred on any line-up and pushed them to their limits. In the case of this particular line-up, they put their hearts and soul into it - and it shows.
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I am a jazz buff especially the older ones from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. This one includes excellent arrangement and clarity. I really enjoyed the whole run.Published 3 months ago by Madcustomer
For traditional late 50s jazz this one is tops. No one can match the smooth stylings of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. They truly delivered the message.Published 6 months ago by Michael S. Kelley
This 1958 concert is beautifully filmed, with excellent audio. The Europeans have great respect for American jazz, which is evident from the quality of this video. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Professor
That which is most rare & therefore most precious- youll treasure any video of the jazz legends. Look up the JAZZ ICONS DVDsPublished 13 months ago by One KING
This is my second Messenger band after the one with Horace and KD. Bring up some more for my enjoyment.Published on February 2, 2014 by Robert T. Best
Jazz fans don't miss this concert from 1958. Benny Golson was at the top of his game. Lee Morgan at 20 was amazing. This concert was a preview of his bright but short future. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Bdolf
Many Messenger classics on this one. Good sound quality. How can yo go wrong with Blakey anyway? If you love Blakey like I do, then get this video.Published on February 14, 2012 by Fred
This edition of the Jazz Messengers only lasted about six months, but it was one of the best, featuring the emerging great talent of Lee Morgan, Benny Golson approaching his prime,... Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Scott Albin