At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2

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At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2
Live album by The Jazz Messengers
Released 1955
Recorded November 23, 1955
Genre Hard bop
Length 62:15
Label Blue Note Records (1955)
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Alfred Lion
The Jazz Messengers chronology
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2
The Jazz Messengers

At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2 is a 1955 live album release by the Jazz Messengers. It was first released by Blue Note Records. This record featured the original incarnation of The Jazz Messengers, one of Art Blakey's most endearing bands, and was the second of two volumes recorded at Café Bohemia, a famous night club in Greenwich Village in New York, New York on November 23, 1955.

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Originally By Time
1. "Sportin' Crowd" Hank Mobley 7:32
2. "Like Someone in Love" Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen 9:18
3. "Yesterdays" Harbach and Jerome Kern 4:20
4. "Just One of Those Things" Cole Porter 9:29
5. "Hank's Symphony" Hank Mobley 4:44
6. "Gone with the Wind" Herb Magidson and Allie Wrubel 7:27
7. "Avila and Tequila" Hank Mobley 12:49
8. "I Waited for You" Fuller and Gillespie 9:50


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers:


  • Bob Bluementhal, Leonard Feather — liner notes
  • Michael Cuscuna — reissue producer
  • John Hermansader — cover design
  • Alfred Lion — producer
  • Rudy Van Gelder — digital remastering
  • Francis Wolff — photography


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars

This album, which sees the first version of The Jazz Messengers on record, was noted as not "match[ing] the intensity which the quintet secured at Birdland."[2] Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, in particular, is noted as "a somewhat unfocused stylist."[2] However, trumpeter Kenny Dorham is seen as an "elusive brilliance [that] was seldom so extensively captured" and the playing in general "is just as absorbing" as the Birdland albums and has "influenced jazz up to present time."[2][3]


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G.. At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2 at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz (7th Edition). Penguin Books. p. 153. ISBN 0-14-101416-4. 
  3. ^ Scott Yanow. "At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2". Retrieved 2006-11-26.