Covering the same time period but a different style than Vol. 2, this third edition of the Blue Note 50th Anniversary Collection spotlights the funk (more likely called R&B or soul at the time) and blues elements that went into making hard bop a separate entity from bebop. Horace Silver, with his pumping piano chords and dance-friendly grooves, can be credited with helping to spawn the music; his mid-'50s gem "Señor Blues" appropriately kicks off the album (Silver's classic "Song for My Father" is also included). From there, the grease steadily heats up, as classic hard-boppin' boogaloo is cooked up by Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Lou Donaldson, and Lee Morgan. Topped off with more gold by Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd, and Blue Mitchell, the funk and blues chapter of Blue Note's story makes for a very fine introduction to sounds of original club jazz.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook