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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, Glyn Pursglove, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf



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ART BLAKEY &
the JAZZ MESSENGERS

Soul Finger

Verve 602517966390

 

 

1. Soul Finger
2. Buh's Bossa
3. Spot Session
4. Freedom Monday
5. A Quiet Thing (From Flora the Red Menace)
6. The Hub

Art Blakey - Drums
Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard - Trumpets
Gary Bartz - Alto sax
Lucky Thompson - Tenor sax, soprano sax
John Hicks - Piano
Victor Sproles - Bass 
Recorded in 1965 

 

This is excellent music. Everyone is giving 100%, which for Art Blakey's bands was normal: he would settle for nothing less! For me the star of the session was Lucky Thompson; he plays superbly throughout and his own composition Spot Session is the best of all. Having said this, there is not a bad track on the album, both trumpet players are inspired and Art drives the rhythm section as only he could throughout.

The only possible criticism is that the playing time is rather brief, but as it was re-mastered from vinyl, there was nothing else worthy of inclusion. But enjoy what there is: it really is amazing for 1965.

Don Mather 



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