Caravan (Art Blakey album)

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Caravan
Caravan art blakey.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEarly February 1963
RecordedOctober 23–24, 1962
Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
GenreJazz, hard bop
Length52:17
LabelRiverside
RLP 438
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
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Caravan is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963.[1] It was Blakey's first album for Riverside Records after he signed with them in October 1962.[2] The songs were recorded at the Plaza Sound Studio in New York City, on October 23–24, 1962[3] The producer was Orrin Keepnews who also supervised the album's remastered re-release on CD.

In 2007, the BBC described it as "a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
4/5 stars[5]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[7]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Caravan" (Juan Tizol) - 9:47
  2. "Sweet 'n' Sour" (Shorter) - 5:31
  3. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Mann, Hilliard) - 4:06
  4. "This Is for Albert" (Shorter) - 8:21
  5. "Skylark" (Carmichael, Mercer) - 4:51
  6. "Thermo" (Hubbard) - 6:48
  • The remastered CD re-issue features two alternate takes, each preceding its master take.
  1. "Thermo (Take 2)" (Hubbard) - 7:26
  2. "Sweet 'n' Sour (Take 4)" (Shorter) - 5:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard, Feb. 9, 1963, p. 28.
  2. ^ Billboard, Nov. 3, 1962, p. 24.
  3. ^ Art Blakey Discography on Jazzdisco.org
  4. ^ Reynolds, Nick. (August 24, 2007) "Art Blakey Jazz Messengers Caravan Review" BBC. Accessed September 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Down Beat: April 25, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 10
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  8. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.