A budget line CD released in Italy, this album contains a recording made October 11, 1980 at Bubba's Jazz Restaurant in Florida. Songs from these shows were released in the U.S. on an album entitled Art Blakey Is Jazz. Considered by many to be one of the last great incarnations of the Jazz Messengers, the group features Blakey, a young Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, Bobby Watson on alto sax, Billy Pierce on tenor sax, Jimmy Williams on piano, and Charles Fambrough on drums. The 19 year-old Marsalis demonstrates his chops quite admirably with these jazz heavyweights. The album opens with a fast paced version of Bobby Timmons' classic "Moanin'," Marsalis is featured on the first solo. Another intriguing track, that in some ways serves as a prelude for the trumpeter's popular Standard Time series, is the groups rendition of Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine." Beyond Marsalis and Blakey, the album is equally impressive for the other artists, perhaps the most notable is C solo on "The Soulful Mr. Timmons." A solid album for both aficionados and casual jazz fans -- both of which will be impressed by the excitement generated from the pairing of three generations of great jazz musicians.
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AllMusic Review by Curtis Zimmermann