Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Theme.

Art Blakey drummed so mindlessly and efficiently that he appeared inseparable from his set. It's that kind of intimacy that turns talent into art, earns one the title 'late great,' and guarantees that people will still be listening to this long after most of our names have been forgotten.

Art Blakey (with these Jazz Messengers: Billy Harper – tenor sax, Julian Preister – trombone, Ronnie Matthews – piano, Bill Hardman – trumpet, Lawrence Evans – bass)- Theme (Live at Slug's, NYC) (mp3)

From the essential Live! At Slug's NYC.

Watch this Art Blakey drum solo:

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