A Night at Birdland Vol. 2

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A Night at Birdland Vol. 2
Live album by Art Blakey
Released October 1954
Recorded February 21, 1954
Birdland, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 22:58
Label Blue Note Records
BLP 5038
Producer Alfred Lion
Art Blakey chronology
A Night at Birdland Vol. 1
(1954)
A Night at Birdland Vol. 2
(1954)
A Night at Birdland Vol. 3
(1954)
Original 12" cover
Second 12" cover

A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 is a 1954 release by jazz drummer Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell. It was first released by Blue Note Records as a 10" LP (BLP 5038). Two years later, the three 10" LPs in the set were reissued as 2 12" LPs; the 12" Vol. 2 is BLP 1521. Two of the three tracks ("Mayreh" and "A Night in Tunisia") of the original 10" Vol. 2 were included in the 12" Vol. 1. The 12" Vol. 2 incorporates all three tracks from the 10" A Night at Birdland Vol. 3 plus a previously unreleased alternate take of "Quicksilver."

A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 was reissued for the first time on CD in 1987 with two additional tracks ("The Way You Look Tonight" and "Lou's Blues"). "The Way You Look Tonight" had been previously released on a 2 LP Compliation in 1975 called Live Messengers (BN-LA473-J2). The CD was reissued again in 2001 as an "RVG Edition" remastered by Rudy Van Gelder with the tracks in a different order. The 1987 CD used the second 12" LP cover, the 2001 CD revived the original 10" LP cover.[1]

All of the music surfaced as part of a Clifford Brown box set for Mosaic Records (MR5-104) and a complete Clifford Brown set put out by Capitol has also appeared.

The recording was produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder for Blue Note.

Track listing[edit]

10" LP[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wee-Dot"   J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker 7:19
2. "Mayreh"   Horace Silver 6:19
Side 2
No. Title Length
3. "A Night in Tunisia"   9:20

12" LP[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Wee Dot"     J.J. Johnson, Leo Parker 7:19
2. "If I Had You" (Originally released on A Night at Birdland Vol. 3 [BLP 5039]) Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly Ted Shapiro 3:31
3. "Quicksilver [alternate master]" (previously unreleased)   Horace Silver 8:46
Side 2
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
4. "Now's the Time" (Originally released on A Night at Birdland Vol. 3 [BLP 5039])   Charlie Parker 9:02
5. "Confirmation" (Originally released on A Night at Birdland Vol. 3 [BLP 5039])   Charlie Parker 9:12
Total length:
32:31

CD Reissues[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Art Blakey Quintet:

Production:

  • Bob Bluementhal, Leonard Feather — liner notes
  • Michael Cuscuna — reissue producer
  • John Hermansader, Reid Miles — cover design
  • Alfred Lion — producer
  • Ron McMaster — digital transfers
  • Rudy Van Gelder — engineer, mastering
  • Francis Wolff — photography

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars

The two albums that were released from the Birdland are considered by The Penguin Guide to Jazz to be part of their "core collection". Allaboutjazz.com reviewer said it simply with "Blakey and company had clicked that night at Birdland."[2] Allmusic mentions that, on this second album, "all of the musicians are inspired, none more than Blakey."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 at Discogs (list of releases)
  2. ^ Michael Fortuna. "A Night At Birdland, Vols. 1 and 2". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  3. ^ Scott Yanow. "A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 

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