17 April 2006
ART BLAKEY - HOLIDAY FOR SKINS VOLUME 1
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects and probably the best. The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez,Chonguito Vicente ,Fred Pagani Jr and Victor Gonzalez. The resultant sound is incredible very full, rich, and earthy and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu with Hal Rasheed which, although not authentic, works well within the context of the record.
This lp features two killer cuts - The Feast and Lamento Africano - but the rest is also great