Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

Rutgers University NJ April 15th 1969

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Recorded for radio broadcast, this performance features drummer Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers live at Rutgers University in 1969. Featured in the Messengers are trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett, pianist George Cables, and bassist Scotty Holt. Although recorded during a transitional period for Blakey, as well as for jazz in general with the burgeoning fusion movement, this is nonetheless a swaggering performance of propulsive, edgy post-bop that equals any of Blakey's previous studio efforts. Here we get a burning take on Shaw's "The Moontrane," an expansive version of "'Round About Midnight," a supremely funky reading of the Blakey classic "Moanin'," and more.

Track Listing - Disc 2

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