Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

The History of Jazz Messengers

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Three-disc anthology that covers various editions of The Messengers from the beginning to the end. It contains such classics as "Moanin'" and does a good job of showing how much talent passed through the Blakey organization over the decades. It's particularly valuable as an introductory tool, but is not comprehensive enough to substitute for what should come from the label: a true multi-disc boxed set featuring his full recordings for Blue Note.

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