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|Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers|
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2
Equally as rewarding as the first set of 1955 Bohemia recordings, volume 2 includes three compositions by tenor Hank Mobley, including the bubbling twists and turns of "Hank's Symphony" and the Latin groove of "Avila & Teq... more »
Equally as rewarding as the first set of 1955 Bohemia recordings, volume 2 includes three compositions by tenor Hank Mobley, including the bubbling twists and turns of "Hank's Symphony" and the Latin groove of "Avila & Tequila." "Just One of Those Things" displays the trademark Messenger tactic of jump-starting old chestnuts, while "Like Someone in Love" showcases Blakey's ever-present command of the proceedings, even on such softer ballads. Pianist Horace Silver is remarkably fluid throughout, subtly guiding and conversing with the soloists when comping and practically inventing the hard-bop piano language during his own solo spots. Marc Greilsamer
The Live Recordings That Started "The Blue Note Sound"
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is my firm belief that Volumes 1 & 2 of The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia are the genesis of what we now know as "the Blue Note Sound." While earlier albums, including Art's "A Night at Birdland" and "Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers" hinted at great things to come, these recordings just bring it all together for me. The hard bop is at a fever pitch, the songwriting is beginning to take on new, original and more creative direction, and the lineup is a killer -- Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley and Doug Watkins join Blakey and Silver. These are all trademarks of the great things we have come to expect from Blue Note. On Volume 2, standards "Like Someone in Love" and "Yesterdays" have fresh life breathed into them, while Mobley's "Avila and Tequila" adds the latin twist we'll hear later on "A Night in Tunisia." Finally, "I Waited for You" must be one of the best ballads of the mid-50s. Coupled with Volume 1 this is essential music."