Art Blakey, drummer
Drummer ~ Bandleader
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
birth name: Arthur Blakey

Art Blakey

October 11, 1919, Pittsburgh, PA ~ October 16, 1990, New York, NY

Art Blakey's unbridled drumming brought freshness and vitality to the influential recordings he made with Thelonious Monk and other bebop pioneers. Yet he always gave support to soloists, and as the leader of The Jazz Messengers, he passed his legacy on to several generations of jazz musicians. ~ Art Blakey ~ retrieved October 9, 2013 ©

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October 11, 1975 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) David Bowie, Fame ~ #2 (2) John Denver, I'm Sorry ~ #1 (6) Neil Sedaka, Bad Blood


In the '60s, when John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman were defining the concept of a jazz avant-garde, few knowledgeable observers would have guessed that in another 30 years the music's mainstream would virtually bypass their innovations, in favor of the hard bop style that free jazz had apparently supplanted. As it turned out, many listeners who had come to love jazz as a sophisticated manifestation of popular music were unable to accept the extreme esotericism of the avant-garde; their tastes were rooted in the core elements of ‘swing’ and ‘blues,’ characteristics found in abundance in the music of the Jazz Messengers, the quintessential hard bop ensemble led by drummer Art Blakey. In the '60s, '70s, and '80s, when artists on the cutting edge were attempting to transform the music, Blakey continued to play in more or less the same bag he had since the '40s, when his cohorts included the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Fats Navarro. By the '80s, the evolving mainstream consensus had reached a point of overwhelming approval in regard to hard bop: this is what jazz is, and Art Blakey - as its longest-lived and most eloquent exponent - was its master. ~ Allmusic: Art Blakey ~ retrieved October 3, 2013 © Allmusic

Art Blakey ~ Awarded a 2005 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers ~ Liaissons Dangereus (1962) ~ #322 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Art Blakey ~ Moanin (1958) ~ Ranked #28 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ With Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons supplying hard bop anthems such as the title tune, Along Came Betty and Blues March, and the front line soloists refining their long, elaborate post-bop lines into the shorter and more pithy soul-based hard bop lines of the late 1950s, this Blakey band, and this Blakey album, defined soul jazz. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Cannonball Adderley ~ Somethin' Else (1959) ~ Ranked #38 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Miles got the altoist to shine through ballads and burnished blowing throughout, complementing in fine style while the rest of the crew kept a discreet distance. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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