Selection: Children of the Night (Shorter)
Shorter anxious to show he can rip through the register as fast and fleet as Coltrane.
Freddie Hubbard (t) Curtis Fuller (trb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 2, 1961
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Chronology: A busy studio year for Blakey, so much so that some recordings had to wait several years for their release: Roots and Herbs 2/61, The Freedom Rider 2/61; The Witch Doctor 3/61; Alamode (on Impulse) 6/61; Mosaic 10/61; Buhaina’s Delight 10/61.
Hubbard – Fuller – Shorter, The Messengers first recording as a sextet, a format retained for the next three years. What a great combo, the Messengers have never had a thicker more textured brass dimension than this, it positively fizzles with excitement, every track a winner. Walton swings it in traditional bop style, a different sense from Hancock’s later percussive approach with Shorter. Van Gelder provides an exemplary lesson in how to mic the drums, especially those cymbals, much “liked” by modern dynamic hi-fi.
Vinyl: Blue Note BLP 4090 mono, NY, RVG, ear, no-DG
JAZZ MESSENGERS US BLUE NOTE ORIGINAL. VINYL IS VISUALLY AND AURALLY EXCELLENT+ NO CLICKS ,TICKS ETC. LABELS ARE EXCELLENT +
COVER HAS DISTINCT AGE MARKS ON BACK( SEE PHOTO) WITH ORIGINAL INNER
Catch up time, as a previous copy of Mosaic required a walk to and fro the turntable to lift the arm over a needle stick due to a tram-line. On the upside, the previous scratched copy had a better cover, near mint, and a perfect original inner sleeve from 1962, and after a bit of swapping around and we now have a combination of the best of everything. Not such a bad deal all things considered.