Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Bu's Delight
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Buhaina's Delight (Blue Note 4104)
Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).
Composed by Curtis Fuller.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, December 18, 1961
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
In 1961, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton joined the Jazz Messengers, with Shorter and Merritt remaining on board from the previous lineup. While the Morgan/Shorter front line released some of Blakey's most highly revered material, this group was up to the challenge of following, and at some points surpassing the high musical quality of previous Messengers lineups. Buhaina's Delight, Three Blind Mice, Mosaic, Caravan (now with Reggie Workman on bass), Ugetsu, Free for All and Kyoto all exemplify this fine version of the Messengers between 1961 and 1964. Freddie Hubbard is one of the few trumpeters who could have stepped into Lee Morgan's footprints and not make us think of him solely as Morgan's successor. Hubbard's muscular solo here declares his arrival in the band, and Blakey's extended solo stretches beyond his usual formula and flirts with moments of "free jazz" drumming.
Reviewer: Eric Novod
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