Art Blakey

Second Edition 1957

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1957's Second Edition is rare material from the second version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The first six selections are the full contents of a long out of print Vik LP that find the Messengers (with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, trumpeter Bill Hardman, pianist Sam Dockery, bassist Spanky DeBrest, and the drummer/leader) playing six songs by Lerner & Loewe including "Almost Like Being in Love," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I Could Have Danced All Night." In addition, the same group is heard on two previously unreleased alternate takes with altoist Jackie McLean (who was actually Griffin's predecessor) making the band a sextet, and there are three numbers (including two "new" takes) from an expanded unit (called "The Jazz Messengers Plus Two") which features such players as a very young Lee Morgan (making his debut with Blakey a year before he joined the group), Hardman, trombonist Melba Liston, Griffin, and pianist Wynton Kelly. But rarity aside, the performances should please straight-ahead jazz fans.

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