Art Blakey Goes to the Movies - JazzWax

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January 30, 2012


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Rab Hines

Also, Blakey at another movie: one of the odder Blakey efforts in my collection is "Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Play Selections from the New Musical Golden Boy"

Blakey is said to have considered it his best, and it features Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller and others - its a 10 member band.

For some reason, the cover is a picture of Blakey wearing a karate outfit. Very odd, but being a TOCJ release, great sounding.

Steve Barrow

Just an addendum to your Rita Reys paragraph - she contributes 4 tracks to an album called
"New Voices" on Dawn DLP 1125, recorded May 1957. The group backing her is led by Mat Matthews, and features Harry Lookofsky and Barry Galbraith with bass & drums handled by Messrs Hinton & Johnson.

Thank you for maintaining the Jazzwax site - I enjoy it & your taste very much !

Gregg Akkerman

Wonderful information. Besides recording with the vocalist mentioned here, Blakey also took male singers on two trips to Japan: Bill Henderson in 1961 and Johnny Hartman in 1963. While in Japan, Bob Thiele called Hartman and invited him to record an upcoming album with John Coltrane that turned out pretty good.

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