At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2

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At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2
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Live album by
RecordedNovember 23, 1955
GenreHard bop
LabelBlue Note Records (1955)
ProducerMichael 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 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]

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" Otto Harbach, 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" Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie 9:50



  • 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


  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.