Art Blakey records ‘Caravan,’ an album with the Jazz Messengers (1962)

Art Blakey‘s ‘Caravan’ is a studio album recorded on October 23 & 24, 1962 with the Jazz Messengers and released in February 1963 by Riverside.

Track Listing : 1.Caravan (Juan Tizol) – 09:46 . 2.Sweet ‘N’ Sour (Wayne Shorter) – 05:30 . 3.In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (David Mann, Bob Hilliard) – 04:05 . 4.This Is For Albert (Wayne Shorter) – 08:20 . 5.Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) – 04:50 . 6.Thermo (Freddie Hubbard) – 06:45

Chuck Stewart

Musicians : Art Blakey – Drums . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet . Curtis Fuller – Trombone . Cedar Walton – Piano . Reggie Workman – Bass

Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Ray Fowler – Engineer . Joe Tarantino – Mastering

Package : Ken Deardoff – Cover Design . Ira Gitler – Liner Notes . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Steve Schapiro – Photography . Chuck Stewart asterisques RVM – Cover Photo

Recorded On October 23 & 24, 1962 At The Plaza Sound Studio In New York City.

Released In February 1963 By Riverside.

(Source Art Blakey‘s ‘Caravan’ | The official Art Blakey website)


All About Jazz
Blakey’s ride cymbal is more “treblish,” the hi-hat less prominent, occasionally even disappearing in the sheer flow that sweeps up all six members; the instruments, most notably the piano, sound closer to verisimilitude; the ensemble sound is less focused than Van Gelder’s carefully composed canvas; the drums in turn are cut down by a size or two […]

Blakey, who was all about thermo, helped shape the 1950s reaction to the languid and occasionally featureless West Coast jazz – something Miles Davis launched with Birth of the Cool, then almost immediately distanced himself from as it began to become both pervasive and then moribund. […]

MoaM @ RateYourMusic
Strangely, I consider this a Wayne Shorter/Freddie Hubbard album; Blakey doesn’t really do anything memorable here. Both “Skylark” and “In the Wee…” are annoying distractions from the real meat of the album […]


Art Blakey‘s ‘Caravan’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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