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Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1972

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Jimmy Lyons' introduction of the iconic drummer and his fantastic band is followed by 'Round Midnight; Perdido; The Man I Love; A Night in Tunisia; Stardust , and more Blakey brilliance!
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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Festival
  • ASIN: B001BPX4C4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L. Levy on August 25, 2016
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This is a 4 star review instead of a 5 because I missed Dizzy. I really liked the playing of Little Jazz and Mumbles, but I missed the enthusiasm of Mr. Gillespie.
The sound is OK and Blakey admirably fills in the introduction role, but it is not the same. Eldridge and Terry do a fine job and the other Giants seem more freed to perform, it's just that I miss Dizzy (who seemed to treat this as his group).
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Each of these Monterey performances, released for the first time ever, is a winner, with perhaps the Miles Davis set taking first-place honors. The Blakey set should not be mistaken for another Jazz Messengers' date. It was an all-star touring group assembled by Norman Granz, featuring some of the greats of the past who would never be seen together again. Unfortunately, Dizzy Gillespie, one of the giants selected, wasn't available for this occasion, so the Monterey organizers replaced him with two trumpet legends--Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry.

I did see the group when they passed through New York and don't recall Blakey as having as prominent a role as on this date, where he does the announcing and, if anything, creates more thunderstorms behind and underneath the players than was his habit with his own groups. The bassist, Al McKibbon, is not the best player at finding a "groove" in the manner of Ray Brown, Sam Jones, or Leroy Vinnegar, but he's a hunker-down player, big and immoveable, building a cement foundation that frees up Blakey to create polyphonic solos behind the soloists.

Eldridge, as usual, gives it his all, and reaches the upper stratosphere, while Terry is smooth and liquid. Kai Winding makes the most of his spots, and Thelonious Monk, for being renowned as jazz' supreme maverick, is practically the ideal session player, quickly setting down a tempo and chord progression (in concert Db) on the frequently daunting "Stardust."

But to my ears, chief honors go to Sonny Stitt, who serves as the "invisible" musical leader on the session. His tenor solo on "Blues and Boogie" is in the pocket, accessible, logical and carefully constructed to permit the players behind him to contribute supportive riffs.
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The group assembled under the label "The Giants of Jazz" should be something special and this is the case here. Since Dizzy Gillespie was unavailable, his place in this Art Blakey-lead group of great artists was taken by two other giants - Clark Terry and Roy Eldridge, which is enough to tell you what you're dealing with on this CD. Sonny Stitt, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk and the basist Al McKibbon (the smaller among the giants) deliver some hot solos and give surprisingly harmonious interplay;
even Thelonious Monk proved that he could still be a true team player in early 1970s, without sacrificing his original quirkiness. Who's the best here? Terry, Stitt and Winding are probably the most consistent, Blakey the most uplifting, Roy the most passionate, Monk the Monkiest...
It's hard to say.

This is splendid modern/mainstream jazz, recommended to everyone. Just watch for the price (amazon is somewhat inconsistent with this one)...
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This recording features one of the greatest line ups in the history of Jazz; Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival. Dizzy, Monk, Blakey, Stitt, Winding, Terry Wow! I have several recording of this group on records and cd's and now this gem. Grab it while its still available, before it gets released on a cheap bootleg. Well done and thank you Monterey Jazz Festival Records.
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