Art Blakey

Jazz Messages

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The music on this long out-of-print LP from the '50s has been reissued many times since but is well worth acquiring in one form or another. Side one features Clifford Brown with a group of West Coast all-stars in 1954; their mini-set is highlighted by "Joy Spring" and "Daahoud." The flip side has three selections from the 1957 version of The Jazz Messengers featuring trumpeter Bill Hardman and altoist Jackie McLean. Fine hard bop music.