Saturday, April 17, 2010
Frequent reader and friend of this blog, André, alerted me to this YouTube clip. Art Blakey plays drums, Freddie Hubbard trumpet, Johnny Griffin tenor sax, Curtis Fuller trombone, and Walter Davis Jr. is on piano. The arrangement is very similar to the Jazz Messenger's version. Blakey's toothy smile and the trickle of sweat down his forehead are the distilled essence of hard bop jazz.
Here is a clip of Blakey's Messengers doing the same number. The composer, Bobby Timons plays piano, Lee Morgan blows his trumpet, Benny Golson plays sax, and Jymie Merritt thumps the bass. What a delicious composition!