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