Art Blakey: Mosaic




Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


Mosaic (Blue Note 37769)

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Art Blakey (drums), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., October 2, 1961


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

For a band known for its straight-ahead hard bop charts and solos, the album Mosaic, with its relatively complex compositions by various band members, was something of a departure. But this fine sextet edition of The Jazz Messengers, on their first studio recording, took Cedar Walton’s fast-paced title tune in stride, nailing the ensemble parts and contributing rousing, resourceful solos. The fairly lengthy track (8:12) features an extended and thoughtful Blakey drum solo.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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