Thursday, August 15, 2013

Art Blakey au Club St. Germain

Recorded at the celebrated Club Saint Germain, the formation presented here marks the third incarnation of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, with trumpeter Lee Morgan (then only 20 years old), tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merrit. For the last two tunes, bop drum pioneer Kenny Clarke (who was living in Paris) substitutes Blakey.
Besides the individual gifts of each member, the group forms a compact unit with a cohesive sound. “We play modern jazz”, explained Blakey during a 1958 interview, “and to understand it you must listen. We study, we rehearse. The Jazz Messengers are very serious about getting the music across to you. If you don’t want to listen, maybe the person sitting next to you does.”

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This three-LP box set from French RCA (part of which was reissued on the CD Paris 1958 and in full on two CD's in Japan) features the 1958 Jazz Messengers live in Paris stretching out on 11 songs. Trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Bennie Golson and pianist Bobby Timmons formed a potent team, backed up by bassist Jymie Merritt and the powerful drumming of leader Art Blakey. This hard-to-find set gives one a definitive look at the influential band.
Scott Yanow

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Art Blakey
and the
Jazz Messengers
Au Club St. Germain


Cd. 1

1 Politely (Hardman) 15:44
2 Whisper Not (Golson) 7:16
3 No's the Time (Parker) 13:37
4 The First Theme (Traditional) 8:29
5 Moanin' (With Hazel) (Timmons) 14:00
6 Evidence (We Named It Justice) (Monk) 6:39


Cd. 2

1 Blues March for Europe No. 1 (Golson) 11:19
2 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen) 10:51
3 Along Came Manon (Golson) 10:08
4 Out of the Past (Golson) 11:02
5 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 17:34
6 Ending With the Theme (Traditional) 0:29


Lee Morgan - tp
Benny Golson - ts
Bobby Timmons - p
Jymie Merritt - b
Art Blakey - dr

Recorded in Performance at Club St. Germain, Paris ; 1958


dch said...

Thank You!

the doc said...

This looks great! thanx!

sudzy said...

Thank you. This is a great line up.

BigD said...

This looks to be a great recording. I love this edition of the Messengers with Timmons, Golson, and Morgan. Thanks

Kovina Kris said...

Just super. Thank you very much for this great jazz document.

Melanchthon said...

MrBill said...

Thank you! One of Blakey's best lineups.

Terry said...

Thanks so much for this rare Golson.

Seth said...

I would really appreciate a re-up of this one.
Thank you very much for this blog! It is the best.

Seth said...
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Seth said...

Oh! I actually found where I could pay for it, and I did so.

Here, if you're interested: