Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers

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Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers
Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released January 14, 1957 and February 11, 1957
Genre Jazz
Length 61:30
Label Blue Note (1988)
Pacific Jazz (1988)
Capitol (1990)
Blue Note (1995)
Producer George Avakian
Michael Cuscuna
Art Blakey chronology
Drum Suite
The Jazz Messengers chronology
Drum Suite
A Midnight Session with the Jazz Messengers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers is a 1957 release by the Jazz Messengers featuring Art Blakey. It was first released by Pacific Jazz Records and has seen reissues on CD since 1988 from that same label and subsequently from Blue Note Records. It was also reissued in 1990 by Capitol Records."[2] This album features all the recordings from Once Upon a Groove, which was also released in 1957 and two additional tracks by Art Blakey. This album is highlighted by hard-swinging sounds from saxophonist Jackie McLean, who previously made his debut with Miles Davis in 1951, and trumpeter Bill Hardman, who played with Charles Mingus during the previous year earlier in 1956.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Little T." (Donald Byrd)- 8:46
  2. "Exhibit A" (Art Blakey, Lee Sears) - 6:44
  3. "Scotch Blues" (Duke Jordan) - 8:31
  4. "Once Upon a Groove" (Owen Marshall) - 8:36
  5. "Sam's Tune" (Sam Dockery) - 5:52
  6. "Touche" (Mal Waldron) - 6:16
  7. "Wake Up!" (Lee Sears) - 5:04
  8. "Art Blakey's Comments on Ritual" (Art Blakey) - 1:55
  9. "Ritual" (Art Blakey) - 9:59


Art Blakey Quintet
  • George Avakian - Original Session Producer
  • Michael Cuscuna - Liner Notes
  • Ron McMaster - Digital Transfers
  • John Altoon - Cover Art


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Ron Wynn. "Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers". Retrieved 2009-06-21.