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Blakey 1965 - The New Jazz Men - Vinyl Only

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https://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/83011/art-blakey/and-the-new-jazz-men-live-in-paris-65?mc_cid=34480c1333&mc_eid=65354821cd

AUDIOPHILE GRADING 180 GRAM LP

Limited to 2,000 copies.

A never-before released Art Blakey 1965 live recordings.

First official release with the full permission and cooperation of the Art Blakey Estate & INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel).

Available on vinyl only. No CD, No Digital is scheduled.

A truly powerhouse quintet!


Art Blakey, Live in ’65 boasts an exceptional one-hour concert from Paris in 1965. This performance showcases one of the few undocumented Blakey bands, the New Jazzmen, featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Nathan Davis on sax, and, of course, Blakey on drums.
Freddie Hubbard’s incendiary playing on “Blue Moon” and the blistering 24-minute version of his own “Crisis” shows that he was one of the most innovative trumpeters in jazz history.

On this live session, the audiences seem to have been enthusiastic and appreciative. “Everywhere we’d go people would say, This is the best Jazz Messengers we’ve heard!”, according to Davis. “And because of the way Jaki would play and Reggie would go, it was like a semi-freedom thing – with Messengers heads, you know, but when we got to soloing…! And Blakey was ridin’ and floatin’ the time…but he would always be loose enough to follow, to keep it going. He’s one helluva musician.”

Recorded at Palais de la Mutualité, Paris, France, November 3, 1965.

PERSONNEL:

Freddie Hubbard (Trumpet)
Nathan Davis (Tenor saxophone)
Jacki Byard (Piano)
Reggie Workman (Bass)
Art Blakey (Drums)

TRACKS:

Side A

A1. The Hub (Freddie Hubbard) 16’44
A2. Blue Moon (Rogers/Hart) 7’44

Side B

B1. Crisis (Freddie Hubbard) 24’46

Re-mastered from the original Master Tapes.

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This is getting good reviews so far. Great Messengers line up!

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So this is just the audio from the Jazz Icons dvd minus a track?

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3 hours ago, jcam_44 said:

So this is just the audio from the Jazz Icons dvd minus a track?

Please remind me what the missing track is?

This vinyl only trend is stupid. First of all, the sides are too long for a vinyl, I think you lose quality after 16 minutes or so, I was told  Rudy wanted only 12 minutes a side. Second of all, it is missing a tune due to length.

This should have been a CD.

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2 hours ago, bertrand said:

This vinyl only trend is stupid. First of all, the sides are too long for a vinyl, I think you lose quality after 16 minutes or so, I was told  Rudy wanted only 12 minutes a side. Second of all, it is missing a tune due to length.

This should have been a CD.

+ 1

2 hours ago, bertrand said:

Please remind me what the missing track is?

"NY Theme" , whatever that is.

https://jazzicons.com/ji4_blakey65.html

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8 minutes ago, felser said:

+ 1

"NY Theme" , whatever that is.

https://jazzicons.com/ji4_blakey65.html

+2.  Maybe this will follow a similar trajectory as the Tompkins Square "LP-only" release of Sonny Clark's 1960 trio session.  Initially they said they had no plans to do a CD version, then released it in that format a year later.

I'd love to hear this, but not keen on shelling out that much money for a vinyl version that's missing a track.

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Posted (edited)

What the 'Theme' is could be the topic for a whole other thread.

I will dig out the DVD later, but I assume it is the standard theme that Blakey plays at the end of sets, sometimes with Pee Wee yakking over it. Don Sickler was involved with this series in some capacity, and he is very keen on making sure the title 'NY Theme' is used. It is a Kenny Dorham song, there is a lead sheet at the Library of Congress.

Miles plays his own theme which I guess he wrote. But it is a different piece, I think there is a full version on Prestige.

Lazy record labels have mixed them up for years. Which means Miles has sometimes gotten royalties meant for KD.

It would be great to straighten this out, which records have which. The Miles theme is called 'Go-go' on some records.

Edited by bertrand

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Posted (edited)

The missing track, NY Theme, is only 45 seconds long, so not a great loss, though they could also have easily included it.  Great set, thanks for posting the video!  Some amazing Jazz Messengers lineups during that time which went undocumented on record in that era (say 1965-1972).

As far as the claim to "audiophile grading", I'm not seeing (hearing) it happen with that source material, but still a very worthwhile release.  And I'll grab a CD issue if it comes out in my lifetime.  

Edited by felser

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I just picked up this LP and the sound is far better than some of the 180 gram LPs that have been hyped as limited edition. 

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