Wednesday, July 22, 2015

free for all

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers revealed their creative core in the pensive pandemonium of this hard bop hammerhead.   The same lineup had released two albums already, the studio album 'Caravan' and the live 'Ugetsu' before coming together to record 'Free for All' for Blue Note Records.   The session took place on February 10, 1964 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey with producer Alfred Lion.  'Free For All' features the sextet of   Art Blakey on drums;   Cedar Walton on piano;   Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone;   Freddie Hubbard on trumpet;   Curtis Fuller on trombone;   and  Reggie Workman on bass.  

Blakey would contend:   "I play the way I feel and try to get my message across.  If the horn man knows who he is and has something to say, he'll make himself heard,"

'Free For All' 
full album:

"Free for All" (Shorter) - 11:09
"Hammer Head" (Shorter) - 7:51
"The Core" (Hubbard) - 9:25
"Pensativa" (Clare Fischer) - 8:22

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