John Brown: Children of the Night


Children of the Night


The John Brown Quintet


Terms of Art

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John Brown (bass), Ray Codrington (trumpet), Brian Miller (reeds), Gabe Evens (piano), Adonis Rose (drums)


Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Durham, North Carolina, June 23-24, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

John Brown is head of the jazz program at Duke University, and a hard-swinging bassist, as demonstrated on his new CD Terms of Art. This project is a tribute to drummer Art Blakey, and effectively captures the ethos of Blakey's famous band, the Jazz Messengers. Brown and company tackle Wayne Shorter's "Children of the Night," a song recorded by the Jazz Messengers in 1961 and frequently featured on their set lists back in the day. This CD has been getting great airplay for an indie release - heck, there is not even the name of a record company on the disk, just a web site ( - and I can understand why. This is solid hard-bop music, played with consummate skill. Blakey would be pleased.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

Related Links

In Conversation with Wayne Shorter by Bob Blumenthal
The Dozens: Twelve Essential Wayne Shorter Performances by Matt Miller

”Wayne Shorter” by Matt Miller (from The Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians)

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