Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Dance of the Infidels
Dance of the Infidels
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Paris Jam Session (Fontana 680-207-L)
Barney Wilen (alto sax), Jymie Merritt (bass).
Composed by Bud Powell.
Recorded: Theatre de Champs-Elsyees, Paris, December 18, 1959
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
The presence of Bud Powell alongside Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter makes this an often-overlooked yet essential Jazz Messengers performance. After a suddenly starting, rough presentation of the melody, the soloists are off and running, and the jam-session nature of this recording makes these solo statements long, creative and intense. Fine, vigorous solos are played by Wilen, Morgan and Shorter, but the sure highlight here is the education Bud Powell provides the three aforementioned "youngsters" with an extended tour-de-force solo. Note how energized all the musicians seem, especially Morgan and Blakey, during the fours that directly succeed Powell's solo.
Reviewer: Eric Novod