Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Pensativa




Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


Free For All (Blue Note 84170)

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

Composed by Clare Fischer


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 10, 1964


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The addition of trombonist Curtis Fuller as a third member of the Jazz Messengers' front line allowed for some unique three-part writing and arranging in this chapter of the band's story. Hence the Latin-inspired, highly arranged "Pensativa," representing a calmer and cooler version of the Messengers. All three frontline players trade off sections of the lengthy bossa-nova melody. Blakey himself is subdued yet still strongly swinging throughout, and Cedar Walton takes the opportunity to perform an outstanding solo after fine Hubbard and Shorter offerings. A welcomed development to the Jazz Messengers sound.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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