Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Art Blakey

Artist:  Art Blakey
Birth Name:  Arthur Blakey
Born:  October 11, 1919.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died:  October 16, 1990 (Aged 71).  New York City, New York, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Hard Bop, Bebop
Occupation:  Musician, Bandleader
Instruments:  Drums, Percussion

Art Blakey was an American Jazz Drummer and Bandleader.  He made a name for himself in the 1940s in the Big Bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine.  He worked with Bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  In the mid-1950s Horace Silver and Art Blakey formed The Jazz Messengers.  He was inducted into the Down Beat jazz Hall Of Fame in 1981.  The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in 1991.

Artist:  Art Blakey And The Afro-Drum Ensemble
Title:  The African Beat  (2016)
Label:  Blue Note Records
Rating:   *****


 1.  Prayer By Solomon G. Ilori  (5:31)
 2.  Ife L'ayo (There Is Happiness In Love)  (5:31)
 3.  Obirin African (Woman If Africa)  (3:45)
 4.  Love, The Mystery Of  (9:22)
 5.  Ero Ti Ojeje  (7:33)
 6.  Ayiko, Ayiko (Welcome, My Darling) (7:13)
 8.  Tobi Ilu  (5:56)


Art Blakey:  Drums, Timpani, Telegraph Drum, Gong
Ahmed Abdul-Malik:  Bass
Yusef Lateef:  Cow Horn, , Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Mbira, Oboe
Curtis Fuller:  Timpani
Chief Bey:  Double Gong, Conga, Telegraph Drum
Robert Crowder:  Bata Drum, Conga
James Ola Folami:  Conga
Solomon G. Ilori:  Vocals, Talking Drum, Pennywhistle
Montego Joe:  Corboro Drum, Log Drum, Bambara Drum, Double Gong
Garvin Masseaux:  Shekere, African Maracas Conga

The African Beat is an album by Art Blakey And The Afro-Drum Ensemble, originally released on November 1962 by Blue Note Records, remastered and reissued in 2016 by Blue Note Records, featuring Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, and more!.

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