Art Blakey: Caravan

Track

Caravan

Group

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

CD

Caravan (Fantasy OJC 038)

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Musicians:

Art Blakey (drums), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Reggie Workman (bass).

Composed by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol & Irving Mills

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Freddie Hubbard’s arrangement of "Caravan," with that impossible bridge, showcases his physicality and power as a trumpet player. The first declarative phrase sets the tone for the whole solo. Freddie played great with Art Blakey; he knew his style so well, and knew just when to either leave some space or play a phrase that would complement one of Bu’s patented fills. This solo has a real arc to it and yet remains fiery from the first note to the last.

By the way, another classic from this session is "Skylark." At 3:15 into it, listen to how Freddie comes back into at the bridge—another long and perfect ‘Freddie-phrase.’

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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