Gypsy Folk Tales

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Gypsy Folk Tales
Gypsy Folk Tales.jpg
Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1977
Recorded February 14-17 & 28 and March 1, 1977
Sound Ideas Studio A, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Roulette
SR 5008
Producer Fred Bailin
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Gypsy Folk Tales
In My Prime Vol. 1
(1977)In My Prime Vol. 11977

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
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.