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Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Originally released in 1955, Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers was a seminal album in the launch of hard bop jazz. Pianist, Horace Silver joined forces with drummer, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers to create this new sound. This was the first album by the Jazz Messengers and it features two jazz classics: 'The Preacher' and 'Doodlin'.' Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers will be released as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers gels so splendidly it helped give birth/create hard bop (the niche I mentioned earlier). Bebopin blues so well played that it's unleashed with emotion but leashed in tight performance scenario. I'm spinning my vinyl copy of this right now, climbing bass, clever rousing piano, why am I still trying to explain it?
Eight tracks, seven of which written by Silver himself, (track seven was written by Hank Mobley) all very natural sounding though the brassy sounds haven't aged as well as say a Tijuana Brass album. Different techniques were used though, and for its time I'm sure it sounded fresh.
I haven't noticed any terrible distortion thankfully, the drums may suggest it though. I picked up my second copy in a year for 1.99$ on vinyl. Look around see if you too can find a bargain bin copy all for yourself. The heavy vinyl reissues may be your only viable source though as many scavenge Blue Notes much like classical enthusiast hunt down many RCA Living Stereo records.