Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: So Tired

This grooving AABA composition features a Latin/Boogaloo "A" section and a swinging "B" section effortlessly executed by the Timmons/Merritt/Blakey rhythm section. Note how Blakey's "straight" ride-cymbal pattern over the Latin/Boogaloo sections still swings nearly as much as the actual swing sections do! Shorter and Timmons both produce fine solos here, but they serve as bookends to the true marvel of this track, the fiery Lee Morgan solo so brimming with energy and ideas that it often sounds as if Morgan is beginning another incredible line before ending his previous one. This is among the finest examples of a "mellow" Messengers track from composition and arrangement to strong Blakey groove to soulful, exciting solos from all members.

April 15, 2008 · 2 comments


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