2 March 2008
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS - CHILD'S DANCE
Art Blakey for Prestige from 1972.
Tracks 1&2:Art Blakey-Drums;Woody Shaw-Trumpet;Ramon Morris-Tenor;George Cables-Piano;Stanley Clarke-Bass;Ray Mantilla-Congas;Manny Boysd-Flute.
Track 3:Add Micky Bass-Bass;Buddy Terry-Soprano;John Hicks-E.Piano;Nathaniel Bettis,Sonny Morgan,Pablo Landrum,Emmanuel Rahim-Percussion,Congas.Drop:Cables,Mantilla.
Stanley Clarke's "Song For A Lonely Woman" is,of course,"500 Miles High" which was to be recorded a few months later on the seminal Return To Forever - Light As A Feather album and credited to Chick Corea in that instance.
In 1972 Art Blakey signed a long-term exclusive recording contract with Prestige Records for a series of LP's. Child's Dance (Prestige 10047) was the first album for the label.
After several years of few recordings, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers re-emerged with totally new personnel on this Prestige LP. The strongest performance is a quartet feature for the great trumpeter Woody Shaw on "I Can't Get Started," but the other three selections (which include such musicians as George Cables or John Hicks on keyboards, bassist Stanley Clarke and Ramon Morris on reeds) are also worth hearing and sound surprisingly "contemporary" for the time. An interesting set. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.