2 March 2008

ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS - BUHAINA






















Art Blakey
for Prestige from 1973.
Woody Shaw (tp)Carter Jefferson(ts)Cedar Walton(p)Michel Howell(g)Mickey Bass(b)Art Blakey(d)Tony Waters(cga)Jon Hendricks(vcl)
More Woody on this underrated 70s session from Blakey and co."Mission Eternal" was a big dance cut for those with elastic legs back in the day at the Electric Ballroom and if that's your bag then make sure you check out "A Chant For Bu" and "One For Trane" which both move into similar fusion territory.
During the decade of the 1970s, American audiences abandoned acoustic jazz, and Blakey struggled to retain first-class musicians and the support of record labels and club owners in the U.S. Setting aside his neo-bop classicism, which he pioneered, Blakey took in band members whose tastes were decidedly more pop than jazz. Chuck Mangione's little-known stay in the Messengers's trumpet chair was perhaps the ultimate reflection of the breakdown in the cultural concensus about the elements of authentic jazz. Yet for Blakey afficianados, the 1970s have much to offer, as this and his two other lps on Prestige demonstrate. Maybe a cut below Blakey's best recordings of the 1960s, these albums nevertheless show an awareness of the avant-garde, a taste for Latin beats and inspired performances by strong sidemen. Cedar Walton anchors the group on piano and contributes some strong compositions, notably Mission Eternal. Carter Jefferson, an inventive saxophonist who deserves wider appreciation, strikes a good balance between fidelity to standards and the inevitable search for new sounds. His solo on "Gertrude's Bounce" is brutish yet melodic. Vocalist Jon Hendricks, who joins the group on two cuts, is mesmerizing on the jazz standard "Moanin'" and ghostly on "Along Came Betty," an original by Benny Golson that Hendricks put lyrics to. And conga player Tony Waters is steady throughout, no small achievement given Blakey's commanding presence on drums.
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.

26 comments:

B III said...

Thank you! Just got through watching the elvin/blakey/max drum battle on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfZSzDCPBvY
and now a classic 70s record I don't have! Perfect Sunday for me.

vesper said...

Bacoso, one comment, to thank you for this one, brilliant, and all the previous ones, especially Hampton H. Plus, to those who will say that the link does not work, it just the 'h' before 'ttp' missing - add it yourself!

calafa said...

Bacoso: link of the Art Blake does not exist. Thank you!

alex said...

this is too much!!!!
many thanks bacoso for an incredible album man!

bacoso said...

vesper-thanx,its now corrected

calafa said...

Bacoso: thank you!!!

ish said...

Glad you posted these, Bacoso. Cuz if you didn't they were in my stack of things to work on.

a mind with no ceiling said...

Fantastic Blakey posts Bacoso!! i didn't have either of those!
Funnily enough I just checked your blog as I was about to post a Jon Hendricks LP @ Oufar Khan's, and was searching in my files to add the version of "Moanin'" that's on the "Buhaina" album: it was the only track i knew (from a luv n haight comp I think) and I listened to it like hell!
thanks again for the great music sharing.

charlie said...

Great! 'Track 2' is 'Chant for Bu', I think.

rye said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing Jon Hendricks on this. I've been playing a LOT of LH&R lately and they don't get the attention they deserve. Cheers.

Jonne B said...

Fantastic Blakey-posts! Thank you so much!

thelistening said...

hey Orgy in Rhythm, i've been using your blog for a while and love it :)

Just wanted to say a big thanks again since your blog seldom disappoints.

By the way i've started a new podcast, along similar lines, and was wondering if you'd fancy a two way link?

our link is http://thelistening.podomatic.com/

drop by have a listen and send me an email if you fancy it?

Best,

The listening

Sgt. Getraer said...

thank you. I never knew about these Prestige sides.

John V said...

bacoso-thank you for these Blakey's.Fantastic music and sound!
Just wonderful!

John V.

Slidewell said...

Hey Bacoso

I too, didn't know of these wonderful Prestige sides. My favorite of the 3 is Buhaina. The vibe reminds me of Miles' second quintet. Thanks for all the great music!

Ricky Freshhh said...

fun-tastic!

db said...

great music!
check out Calisoulbrother Records for rare soul, jazz, brazil, latin & funk records!

kizza said...

Nice post!
For the hip-hop fans out there - "A Chant for Bu" was sampled by ATCQ for their track "Excursions".

jb said...

Nice later Blakey. Hendricks and Walton in good form. Thank you.

xmnr0x23 said...

And this is my last Prestige liner request.

For now.

S-o-r-r-y

Michael said...

Awesome blog man! Just discovered it today. I've been searching everywhere for an original pressing of this Blakey record, but to no avail.

I've already download this rar file, and it only seems to contain track 1 (Moanin'), and it's telling me that even that one is corrupt. I've tried repairing the archive, but it's missing the recovery record. Perhaps I'm missing something?

In any case, if you could enlighten me I would definitely appreciate it. I've been dying to hear this one in it's entirety!

Keep up the good work!

bacoso said...

michael-900+dloads and yours is the only comment to this effect.Ive just dloaded it and it worked perfectly.
When you get this problem its a very simple solution-just dload it again!Never fails!

Michael said...

bacoso - I redownloaded and it worked perfectly! Not sure what happened before. So simple a solution!

Thanks again for this! Been waiting for years to hear it.

winton tostello said...

it's
a monster man...

Hoochie Coochie man said...

Hi! and thanks for this, i finally got a chance to hear this, im keen on the chant of bu track. nice

Marcio Bahia said...

What is the link for download it, please? Great album!