Art Blakey’s ‘Drum Suite’

Art Blakey’s ‘Drum Suite’ is an album recorded on December 13, 1956 and February 22, 1957 with The Jazz Messengers and the Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble and released the same year by Columbia.

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Track Listing : 1.The Sacrifice (Art Blakey) – 05:16 . 2.Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant) – 04:01 . 3.Oscalypso (Oscar Pettiford) – 08:48 . 4.Nica’S Tempo (Gigi Gryce) – 08:24 . 5.D’S Dilemma (Mal Waldron) – 08:32 . 6.Just For Marty (Bill Hardman) – 05:56

Musicians : Art Blakey – Drums . Bill Hardman – Trumpet On (4 – 5 – 6) . Jackie Mclean – Alto Saxophone On (4 – 5 – 6) . Ray Bryant – Piano On (1 – 2 – 3) . Sam Dockery – Piano On (4 – 5 – 6) . Spanky Debrest – Bass On (4 – 5 – 6) . Oscar Pettiford – Bass, Cello On (1 – 2 – 3) . Jo Jones – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3) . Charles Specs Wright – Drums, Timpani, Gong On (1 – 2 – 3) . Candido – Bongos On (1 – 2 – 3) . Sabu Martinez – Bongos On (1 – 2 – 3)

Production : Produced By George Avakian

Package : Arnold Newman – Photography

Recorded On December 13, 1956 And February 22, 1957 At Columbia 30Th Street Studio, New York City.

Released 1957 By Columbia.

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Blogcritics
Drum Suite is Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers trying something new, ironically, near the outset of their career. They have more highly acclaimed recordings than this one, but fans of hard bop jazz will definitely enjoy it. […]

PopMatters
“Afrobeat”, as a term and a musical style, didn’t exist when the Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble recorded Drum Suite in 1957. But the infectious meeting of African, Latinand Western styles that’s on display here has all the ingredients that Fela Kuti would put together in the following decade. […]

All About Jazz
The all-star lineup on Drum Suite gives the album high marks before one note of music is played. It’s a piece of history. Released in 1957, the album merged Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with several other musical forces that proved fruitful, rhythmically and otherwise. […]

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