Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Live in Scheveningen 1958 | Fondamenta FON1804034

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Live in Scheveningen 1958


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Label: Fondamenta

Cat No: FON1804034

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 30th November 2018



Art Blakey (drums)
Lee Morgan (trumpet)
Benny Golson (tenor saxophone)
Bobby Timmons (piano)
Jymie Merritt (bass)


Art Blakey (drums)
Lee Morgan (trumpet)
Benny Golson (tenor saxophone)
Bobby Timmons (piano)
Jymie Merritt (bass)


Art Blakey had just turned thirty-nine. He was ‘Bu’ to those who knew that late in the 1940s he had taken the name of Abdullah Ibn Buhaina. In 1954, he had co-founded the Jazz Messengers with pianist Horace Silver, but now he led the quintet single-handedly, identifying the most outstanding talents, mentoring them, taking them to the top. The group of course continued to expand until late in the 1980s to include other artists – as talented as they were diverse – such as Wayne Shorter, Clifford Brown, the Marsalis brothers and Keith Jarrett. But already in 1958, the ensemble was inspired, imbued with confidence, crowned with success, and most importantly, original. Pianist Bobby Timmons had just composed the emblematic ‘Moanin’ and saxophonist Benny Golson, his famous ‘Along Came Betty’, songs that the Jazz Messengers interspersed with the compositions of their illustrious fellow musicians: Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Pianist Bobby Timmons’ ‘rusty fingertips’ got the concert going with ‘Moanin’, while the rest of the band simply underlined the rhythm before developing it. The tone was set: thoughtful yet jubilant, simple, subtly nuanced. This was followed by ‘Along Came Betty’, for the Betty who took Benny Golson’s fancy when she walked into a club where he was performing. After a tribute to Thelonious Monk lasting several minutes, the Jazz Messengers launched into an exploration of a magnificent ballade composed by Benny Golson in memory of Clifford Brown, the great trumpet player who had passed away two years earlier. In ‘Now Is The Time’, Art paid a modest tribute to the man he called the prophet of modern jazz, Charlie Parker. The next piece, ‘Whisper Not’, is one of muted melancholy, elegance and emotion, tenderly expressed by Lee Morgan’s trumpet. At this stage, it must have been hard to imagine that the concert would end so resoundingly. Art, communing with Africa as expressed by Gillespie, launches into a long solo with varied successions of rhythms, and all the colours of the continent surged forth until, at the very end, all the instruments exploded in a display of fireworks, each bursting out as the others faded away. With the last note, Art stood up and made his way to the edge of the stage. We can imagine his teasing smile as he took in the applause, finishing with, ‘May God bless you’.


CD 1:
1. Introduction by Art Blakey
2. Moanin’
3. Announcement by Art Blakey
4. Along Came Betty
5. Announcement by Art Blakey
6. Evidence/Justice

CD 2:
1. Just By Myself
2. Announcement by Art Blakey
3. I Remember Clifford
4. Announcement by Art Blakey
5. Now is the Time
6. Announcement by Art Blakey
7. Whisper Not
8. Night in Tunisia

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