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Take Delight in "Buhania's Delight.",
This review is from: Buhaina's Delight (Audio CD)
Recorded in two sessions in late 1961, "Buhania's Delight" is another winning effort from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers that stands on par with "A Night in Tusnia," "Indestructible," and "Free For All." The usual lineup is here (Freddie Hubbard on Trumpet, Chris Fuller on trombone, Wayne Shorter on sax, Cedar Walton on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass) delivering expectedly smashing results that show why this band is a force of nature to be reckoned with. We get to a mellow start with the twin openers "Backstage Sally" and "Contemplation." If you stop there, then you miss the real fun that lies ahead. "Buhania's Delight" takes an aggressive turn with the upbeat "Bu's Delight," where the Messengers deliver the goods (Hubbard and Shorter, in particular, are true standouts) before Blakey tears up a mean solo at around the 3 minute mark that will turn heads. Other great numbers are the breezy "Shaky Jake" and a revved-up cover of the Henry Mancini piece "Moon River." Diehards also have the chance to compare the original recording to alternate takes of 4 tracks. "Buhania's Delight" is a sure knockout.