Art Blakey (featuring Wayne Shorter): Children of the Night


Children Of The Night


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).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. October 2, 1961


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Wayne Shorter’s first big career break came when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1959. He quickly became the group’s musical director, composing and arranging many of the band’s most popular titles from the era. "Children Of The Night" features Shorter’s tenor from the outset with Hubbard and Fuller contributing harmonic accompaniment. At the time, Shorter was often compared to John Coltrane, and he does seem to take a cue from Trane at the beginning of his solo, navigating the changes with dense sheets of sound. That said, Shorter’s sound and conception are fully matured and his wry, often stuttering lines reveal his own original voice.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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  • 1 Garnett Brown // Dec 07, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    "Children Of The Night", as recorded by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, is the composition that joyfully introduced me to Wayne Shorter as a player and composer in 1962.