Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Pensativa
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Free For All (Blue Note 84170)
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
Other reviews for this track:
- Art Blakey: Pensativa by Randy Brecker (100/100)
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