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Art Blakey (d) Wayne Shorter (ts) Lee Morgan (t) Jymie Merritt (b) Bobby Timmons (p) Curtis Fuller (trb)
More Curtis Fuller, this time fast forward to 1961. An early Impulse catalogue number A-7, released by HMV for the UK market with no distinguishing title except “Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers”. After Blakey’s flirtation with Europe and Barney Wilen on tenor, a revamped Jazz Messengers with Wayne Shorter firmly in the saxophone seat, Blakey freshens up the line up by adding Curtis Fuller on trombone, and a heady mixture it makes. Just when you think: “Do I really need yet another Art Blakey album?” this comes along and suprises you. It’s good stuff, as always.
Vinyl CLP1532 (Impulse! A7)
Dependable pressing quality I’ve come to expect from HMV, rich and engaging, with a lively top-end. Superior – I have to say – to the few US Impulse! originals I have acquired. This is maybe where the fight breaks out, as I have spoken many times with DJ-types and record shop staff who swear by Impulse! Yes they are cheaper than Blue Note, and yes they are easier to find, and they are “vinyl”. But worlds apart in experience. The quality of the source counts. Enough of the HiFi blather, if it sounds good to you, then it is.