Gypsy Folk Tales

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Gypsy Folk Tales
Gypsy Folk Tales.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 14-17 & 28 and March 1, 1977
Sound Ideas Studio A, New York City
SR 5008
ProducerFred Bailin
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Gypsy Folk Tales
In My Prime Vol. 1

Gypsy Folk Tales is an album by drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded in 1977 and released on the Roulette label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 2½ stars stating "This Roulette LP includes six fairly recent originals in addition to a pair of numbers co-written by drummer Art Blakey with saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Davis's "Gypsy Folk Tales" and "Jodi" are the best-known songs and the hard-bop oriented solos are consistently fresh".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Walter Davis, Jr. except as indicated

  1. "Jodi" - 10:15
  2. "Cami" - 6:55
  3. "Miwako" (Art Blakey, Bob Mintzer) - 4:27
  4. "Gypsy Folk Tales" - 7:36
  5. "Time Will Tell" (Bobby Watson) - 6:58
  6. "Ronnie's a Dynamite Lady" - 7:54
  7. "Hawkman" (Watson) - 10:30
  8. "Malibu" (Blakey, Mintzer) - 4:42



  1. ^ Art Blakey discography accessed June 18, 2013
  2. ^ Art Blakey chronology accessed June 18, 2013
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed June 18, 2013
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.