The Jazz Messengers (1956 album)

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The Jazz Messengers
Studio album by Art Blakey
Released 1956
Recorded 1956, April 5 and May 4
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Label Columbia CL 897; CK 65265 (1997)
Producer George Avakian
Michael Cuscuna (1997)
Art Blakey chronology
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2
The Jazz Messengers
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Jazz Messengers is a 1956 album by the later called Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, released by Columbia Records. It was the last recording by the inaugural Jazz Messengers lineup featuring pianist Horace Silver.

In 1968 Columbia reissued the LP in their Jazz Odyssey Series with a new cover under the title Art Blakey with the Original Jazz Messengers. In 1997 the album was digitally remastered and released on CD, again with its original title and cover, featuring all the tracks from the original LP along with five additional tracks drawn from the same recording sessions but previously released only on foreign imports.

Track listing[edit]

This is the track listing for the current Columbia CD release. Tracks 1−7 are from the original LP and in the same order. The adjacent tracks 8−10 and 12 were first released on Originally (Columbia CL 897, 1956). Track 11 was previously unreleased.

  1. "Infra-Rae" (Hank Mobley) - 6:57
  2. "Nica's Dream" (Horace Silver) - 11:51
  3. "It's You or No One" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) - 5:36
  4. "Ecaroh" (Silver) - 6:02
  5. "Carol's Interlude" (Mobley) - 5:36
  6. "The End of a Love Affair" (E.C. Redding) - 6:43
  7. "Hank's Symphony" (Mobley) - 4:37
  8. "Weird-O" (Mobley) - 7:06
  9. "Ill Wind" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 2:52
  10. "Late Show" (Mobley) - 7:09
  11. "Deciphering the Message" (Mobley) - 6:29
  12. "Carol's Interlude (alternate take)" (Mobley) - 6:13



  • The Jazz Messengers (LP), Columbia, US, 1956
  • The Jazz Messengers (LP), Philips, Europe, 1956
  • Art Blakey with the Original Jazz Messengers (LP reissue) Columbia Jazz Odyssey Series, US, 1968
  • The Jazz Messengers (LP reissue), Columbia, US, 1981
  • The Jazz Messengers (CD, remastered), Columbia / Legacy, US and Europe, 1997
  • The Jazz Messengers (2x 180 g LP reissue) Columbia / Pure Pleasure, US, 2011
  • The Jazz Messengers (MC reissue) PolyGram Spain


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