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A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 Original recording reissued, Live
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The remastering is fantastic. The difference between this and the original transfer is staggering - if you own the old and you're hesitating to buy the new, then don't hesitate any longer: it's almost as if you've never heard the music before, there is that much added detail and presence. Yes, it's a live mono recording from February 21st, 1954, but the sound is more vivid that most contemporary recordings (say, Joshua Redman's Village Vanguard set).
Of Art Blakey's numerous other recordings, I'd also recommend 'Mosaic', 'Free for All', and 'The African Beat', although many others contend. But make sure you listen to Volume 2 of this set - the opening version of 'Wee-dot' is one of my favourite jazz perfomances of all time. How could Clifford Brown die so young?? An enormous tragedy.
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You could listen to this cd for a year and still learn or hear something new every time. Love having Blakey and Brown together on this.Published 3 months ago by Rich N.
Wow! Totally awesome!! A must have. The whole group is amazing. Buy this disc right now!Published 7 months ago by Joe
What can I say. If you are my age and remember the place and the musicians it's like going back in time.
Great music and atmosphere. I used to pay 0. Read more
Just one amazing set that was thankfully recorded in 1954. I don't know how they did it but this live recording for that era is as superb as the music these five geniuses so... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rick Dademo
I love it! What a great Cd. This volume 1 Cd of "A Night at Birdland" highlights the Art Blakey Quintet at their best. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Charles Hines Jr.
I was hoping that the recording was better, the recording is old and the music so so. I would go for more modern recordingPublished on March 23, 2013 by James A. Giordano
After releasing his debut album in 1953, Art Blakey gave his highly publicized live
performance at New York’s Birdland café in 1954, which was captured on album... Read more