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Free for All
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers
Free for All
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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The swan song for the band with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton. The title tune has to be heard to be believed. From a whisper to a scream, each soloist seems to be bursting at the seams with...  more »

      
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All Artists: Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers
Title: Free for All
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 8/10/2004
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724359242620

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The swan song for the band with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton. The title tune has to be heard to be believed. From a whisper to a scream, each soloist seems to be bursting at the seams with ideas and emotion. Their version of Clare Rischer's "Pensativa" is another highlight. ART BLAKEY, drums; FREDDIE HUBBARD, trumpet; CURTIS FULLER, trombone; WAYNE SHORTER, tenor sax; CEDAR WALTON, piano; REGGIE WORKMAN, bass Recorded on February 10, 1964 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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Going Free
Flavio Ferretti | brazil | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"All the elements are here: The undeniable blue note sound, the terrific Art Blakey smashing drums and a fantastic trio like a dream team of a rythim section: Shorter/Hubbard/Fuller.
"Free for all" shows a renewed fresh Messengers album with all the traditional elements of Blakey's hard bop, but forwarding upcoming free jazz tunes like others contemporanies. Ok, the title track is not exactly free when we use ithis term to describe other musicians like Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Sum Ra and the pioneer Ornette Coleman, but free for all is going in the same directions as John Coltrane tunes. No wonder this album was released in the same year "A Love supreme" was.
However, we have three different directions on the album, something more free and modal in "Free for all", the essential hard bop in "the core" and "hammer head" and the last track "pensativa" a hommage to bossa nova, that differ from the others quit a lot.
The major point is really the incredible team Blakey came up with specially the 3 metal genious Shorter, Hubbard and Fuller as I said before.
4.5 stars

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Ten stars! You might want to have a fire extinguisher near
jim g. | houston,tx | 01/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Blakey is all up Wayne Shorter's backside on the opening track and for chorus after chorus WS positively burns. Top shelf post bop. One of Art's best collaborations. Good thru out."
BLAKEY'S BEST
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 04/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THIS IS ONE TRULY GREAT RECORDING, WITH A GREAT BAND. CURTIS FULLER, WAYNE SHORTER, FREDDIE HUBBARD, CEDAR WALTON, REGGIE WORKMAN. WOW! AND ART BLAKEY IS ON FIRE. IF YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO THE HARD BOP SOUND, THEN THIS ALBUM IS A MUST-HAVE FOR YOU. ANOTHER GREAT BLUE NOTE RECORDING FROM THE EARLY 60'S............."