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Complete Lee Kraft Sessions With Art Blakey (Art Blakey Big Band/Hard Drive)

CD (Item 522339) Bethlehem/Lonehill (Spain), 1957 — Condition: Used
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Crackling hardbop from the pivotal jazz year of 1957 – featuring 2 rare Bethelehem albums by drummer Art Blakey, one of which features some great tenor work from a young John Coltrane! First up on the set is a rare big band session by Blakey – featuring the master drummer at the helm of a large group that includes Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Melba Liston, Sahib Shihab, Walter Bishop, and Al Cohn – coming together in a surprisingly fierce horn formation – almost like a regular Jazz Messengers group, but with triple horn power! Coltrane gets in a few nice licks on the big band tracks – and also steps out in two sparer quintet tracks from the same session – recorded with Byrd, Bishop, and Blakey in a more solo-focused sound. The last 7 tracks on the set are from the album Hard Drive – recorded with a group that includes here Junior Mance, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The tracks are a bit freer than some of Blakey's Blue Note work – with more of a focus on the solos of the players, all held in check by Blakey's fiercely driven drumming. The CD features 15 tracks in all – titles that include "Pristine", "Tippin", "Midriff", "The Outer World", "Ain't Life Grand", "Late Date", "Deo X", "Sweet Sakeena", "Late Spring", "Krafty", and "For Miles & Miles".  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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