Monday, December 03, 2007

Fave Music 5 - A Night in Tunisia

My favorite style of jazz is that called hard bop, which followed on the heels of beebop. One of the main exponents of hard bop was Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Blakey is the drummer and band leader and the other members of the band rotated for 30-40 years, but include a whos who of jazz muscians, such as Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, as well as Winton Marsalis.

This is the famous tune by Dizzy Gillespie which has been performed a billion times by every jazz band ever, as well as people in other genres, including one "interesting" take from Chaka Khan. But here's my favorite. Art Blakey's take. Notice how driving Blakey's drums are. They are so sure and striking. When he starts everyone else just hangs on.

1 comment:

Robin S. said...

Art Blakey! My husband is a huge fan- we spent some time Saturday evening listening to a collection of his work. Good, good stuff.