Art Blakey: Mosaic
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Mosaic (Blue Note 37769)
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