CJ Shearn Posted August 9, 2003 Report Share Posted August 9, 2003 *** for this review "This is a collection that looks better on paper than in reality. Though Blakey is joined by Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Paul Chambers, and Jymie Merritt, the addition of drummers Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, and conga player Ray Barretto makes this of interest mostly to percussion fans. While the music is fine, the overlong drum features can test the most durable jazz fan's ears, even with the obviously high level of musicianship. — Ken Dryden" I think maybe Mr Dryden just doesn't dig drum solos. I find this to be a wonderfully executed disc, in terms of playing and realization of a drum session in a hard bop context. It certainly to me is better than "Orgy in Rhythm" or "Drum Suite" in that regard. Another thing about Scott Yanow I notice, after reading several reviews of different artists, that if the music is not particularly straight ahead, very electric in nature (e.g. Metheny Group, Yellowjackets, etc) or groundbreaking stylistically or in the history of jazz, it gets the phrase tacked on "is not all that essential, or "enjoyable, but not all that essential". Albums can be very good if they contain just solid music. Quite a few albums I buy may not even be classic, but just good music. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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