Art Blakey - Art Blakey Big Band - AudioSoundMusic
Art Blakey - Art Blakey Big Band - AudioSoundMusic
Art Blakey - Art Blakey Big Band - AudioSoundMusic
Art Blakey - Art Blakey Big Band - AudioSoundMusic

Art Blakey - Art Blakey Big Band

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Art Blakey – drums [click here to see more vinyl featuring Art Blakey]

Donald Byrd – trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Donald Byrd]

John Coltrane – tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring John Coltrane]

Walter Bishop, Jr. – piano

Wendell Marshall – bass

Ray Copeland (A1-2, B1-4), Bill Hardman (A1-2, B1-4), Idrees Sulieman (A1-2, B1-4) - trumpet

Frank Rehak (A1-2, B1-4), Jimmy Cleveland (A1-2, B1-4), Melba Liston (A1-2, B1-4) - trombone

Bill Graham (A1-2, B1-4), Sahib Shihab (A1-2, B1-4) – alto saxophone (A1-2, B1-4)

Al Cohn (A1-2, B1-4) – tenor saxophone

Bill Slapin  (A1-2, B1-4) – baritone saxophone

Written by Gerald Valentine (A1), Al Cohn (A2, B4), Donald Byrd (A3), John Coltrane (A4), Charles Gambel (B1-2), Chiefy Salaam (B1-2), Melba Liston (B3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified (Canada)

Label: Bethlelem

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded in New York City in December, 1957

Produced by Lee Kraft

Originally released in January 1959

Reissued in May 2023


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Midriff
  2. Ain't Life Grand
  3. Tippin'
  4. Pristine

Side B:

  1. El Torro
  2. The Kiss of No Return
  3. Late Date
  4. The Outer World


          Reviews :

          “Throughout his long career as a bandleader, drummer Art Blakey very rarely played with big bands. This Bethlehem date was a one-shot affair, an opportunity for his powerful drumming to be heard propelling a 15-piece orchestra through a set of mostly new material. With such soloists as John Coltrane (who is also featured on two quintet numbers), trombonist Jimmy Cleveland and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Ray Copeland, this was a potentially mighty band; its arrangers included Melba Liston and Al Cohn. This LP is worth searching for.” AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow


          Ratings :

          AllMusic : 2.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.18 / 5 

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