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Birdland was home base for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The drummer launched the live recording trend in the Manhattan club in 1954, and retimed frequently to lead and often document various editions of his star-studded band. This was Blakey's final Birdland recording, and as usual it provided a showcase for both the playing and writing skills of the Messengers. Wayne Shorter takes top honors with three compositions and a stirring ballad feature, Curtis Fuller contributes a pair of energized tunes, and Cedar Walton is responsible for the classic title opus in a collection that finds the original LP program enhanced by three bonus tracks.

1. One By One
2. Ugetsu
3. Time Off
4. Ping-Pong
5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
6. On the Ginza
7. Eva [*]
8. The High Priest [*]
9. Conception [#][*]
10. The Theme [*]

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B004JZJ7U6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'll agree with the other two reviewers that Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' "Ugetsu" is a five star CD, but I thought it would be helpful to provide to some specifics about this recording. "Ugetsu" was recorded live at Birdland on June 16, 1963, and is one of three albums made for the Riverside label ("Caravan" and "Kyoto" are the other two) during a two year hiatus from Blue Note. The personnel is the same as on the classic Blue Note "Free For All" -- Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, Reggie Workman on bass and the great Blakey on the drum throne. The sound is excellent (though not as quite as good as the "Three Blind Mice" volumes), and unlike many live jazz dates that just showcase live versions of songs from other albums, the material on "Ugetsu" is unique to the Messengers' discography (except for "Ping Pong" and "The Theme"). The CD features three bonus tracks (7-9), and they are as good as anything else from the session, with the exception of the title-track which is by far the disc's best composition. In all, fans of Blakey's Blue Notes will thoroughly enjoy "Ugetsu."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Art Blakey's June, 1963 Birdland date with the Jazz Messengers (Freddie Hubbard-trumpet; Curtis Fuller-trombone; Wanye Shorter-tenor sax; Cedar Walton-piano; Reggie Workan-bass; Art Blakey-drums) has been reissued several times before, and deservedly so. This was one of Blakey's best line-ups of a band that had a wealth of talented musicians pass through its ranks. It's also a superb live date, supplemented by the introduction of original material that remained in the group's repertoire for years. This latest CD reissue features a fresh 24-bit remaster by Joe Tarantino, new liner notes by Neil Tesser (in addition to the original notes by Ed Sherman and Orin Keepnews) and a fourth bonus track to augment the three offered on previous editions. The sound quality of this recording has always been very good, though not great; the soloists are crisp and out front (Fuller and Hubbard, in particular, really shine), but the backing combo can get a bit muddy when Blakey really gets moving. The previously unreleased track is a cover of George Shearing's late-40s classic "Conception," featuring both drum and bass solos, and interesting unison horn playing. This album remains a real treat for jazz fans, and with a new 24-bit master and an added bonus track, it's a tempting update even for those who own another recent digital edition. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Reel on August 3, 2005
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The essence of New York hard bop by the group that brought the genre to it's pinnacle. The band sounds relaxed and at home in the club that Art Blakey dubbed his favorite venue. Brief introductory comments by Blakey and Birdland's diminutive M.C. Peewee Marquette's raspy glass-shattering voice contribute to the high-energy atmosphere that often reigned at jazzdom's most famous Mecca.

Soaring solos and tight ensemble playing mark this 1963 Messenger live performance. The well-disciplined edition of the group obviously enjoyed their free-spirited romp playing energized up-tempo numbers as well as two elegantly executed ballads.

An essential all-star group at the height of their power, sounding as fresh today as they did on the night of June l6, 1963.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve E. Martin on June 16, 2005
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I was nervous at first about this disk, thinking that a Riverside recording would in some way be inferior to a Blue Note. Still the disk was on sale and I figured with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, you couldn't go wrong. What a great disk! The sound was remarkably good considering it was live. The adddition of trombone to Trumpet and Sax give certain passage a really muscular sounding horn section that you usually don't get from the Messengers.

Only minor complaint is that it is hard to hear the Piano. Have no fear, this vintage Blakey live at Birdland, it doesn't get any better than this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "musicman1212" on April 12, 2002
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I think this album has been overlooked as a jazz classic. It is way ahead of it's time musically and sonically. I think it rates up there with anything that Coltrane or Davis were doing at that time.
Once you start playing it, you just can't turn it off and that's the mark of a good album! 'Ugetsu','Ping Pong','On the Ginza' are my favorite tracks. Album has that great 'Live' jazz sound.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Seeley on May 5, 2000
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I agree with the reviewer from Newark. I picked up Ugetsu a few days ago and can't stop playing it. This is my first Blakey CD and certainly not my last. I will also be looking for something by Cedar Walton. His composition (the title track) and his piano playing are wonderful. Everyone else in the group is quite good too. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Wiggles The Worm on June 15, 2011
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While not as great as Mosaic, Ugetsu is a wonderful piece and a must have for any jazz collection. The phrasing of Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller and Freddie Hubbard will tickle your ears! Cedar Walton's playing is definitely more percussive than on Mosaic, however his interpretations are still well worth it. Art Blakey doesn't drive as much as on some recordings, but still very aggressive and in charge. The one downside for me is that Jymie Merritt isn't on this one, and while Reggie Workman definitely stays in the groove, his style isn't as distinctive as Merritt's. Still a fantastic piece of work.
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