Jazz Messengers discography
|The Jazz Messengers discography|
The Jazz Messengers were a jazz band that existed with varying personnel for 35 years. Their discography consists of 47 studio albums, 21 live albums, 2 soundtracks, 6 compilations, and one boxed set.
Drummer Art Blakey was the leader or co-leader of the group throughout its existence. He is the drummer on all Jazz Messengers recordings and is therefore elided from personnel listings. Members recorded as either a quintet or sextet except for one 11-piece big band appearance and their expansion to a septet at the end.
The earliest recordings of the original Messengers were on Blue Note Records; all of the original Messengers (except bassist Doug Watkins) had released albums under their own name on the label. Blue Note 1518 was a reissue of two previously released 10" LPs credited to The Horace Silver Quintet.
A few recordings on Columbia Records followed with a couple different formations. As the second Messengers lineup stabilized they recorded for the RCA sub-label Vik, interspersed with one-off recordings for Cadet Records, Jubilee Records, and Atlantic.
Starting in 1959, a new lineup with Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merritt, and later Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and Curtis Fuller would see the group return to Blue Note for several years. This group also traveled to Europe where a couple albums on the French Fontana Records appeared. In 1961, there was a single album on Impulse! Records. In 1963 the first of three releases appeared on Riverside Records, while new releases on Blue Note continued to be issued.
Except for a 1970 release on the obscure Catalyst, and various bootlegs, the band did not release a recording between 1966 and 1972, when they re-appeared on Prestige Records for three more albums. In 1975 the band released an album with guest artist Sonny Stitt on the Swedish Sonet Records, then came two albums on Roulette Records in 1976 and 1978.
Starting in 1978, the band began to release albums on the Dutch Timeless Records and the Concord Jazz subsidiary of Concord Records. These groups included a changing lineup of young jazz musicians such as: Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Mulgrew Miller, and Lonnie Plaxico.
Albums are listed in order of earliest recording session. Some albums were not released for many years after their recording. The formats listed are the formats issued at the original release date. Most of the albums have been reissued on compact disc, many with additional tracks. Some albums have also been reissued or repackaged on varying labels and formats. See the specific album articles for reissue information.
|At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1|
|At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2|
|A Midnight Session with the Jazz Messengers|
|1958 - Paris Olympia|
|At the Jazz Corner of the World, Vols. 1 & 2|
|Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées|
|Paris Jam Session|
|Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World, Vols. 1 and 2|
|Three Blind Mice||Recorded live at the Renaissance Club in Hollywood, CA.|
|Ugetsu||Recorded live at Birdland|
|Jazz Messengers '70|
|In This Korner|
|One by One|
|Live at Montreux and Northsea|
|Art Blakey in Sweden|
|Live at Ronnie Scott's 1985|
|Live at Ronnie Scott's||
|Live at Kimball's|
|The Art of Jazz: Live in Leverkusen|
|Des Femmes Disparaissent|
|Les liaisons dangereuses 1960|
|Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers||This album is a reissue of two Blue Note 10" records, numbers 5058 and 5062; Horace Silver Quintet Vols. 1 & 2.|
|The Cool Voice of Rita Reys||Jazz Messengers back up Rita Reys for half of this record.|
|Drum Suite||Side 1 is the Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble, recorded February 22, 1957, side two is the Jazz Messengers, credited separately, in the notes.|
|Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers\The Elmo Hope Quintet Featuring Harold Land||Split record with Elmo Hope. Additional tracks from PJM-402.|
|Live Messengers||This 2 record set also contains previously unreleased tracks from the proto-Messengers A Night at Birdland featuring Clifford Brown from February 12, 1954.|
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- Hentoff, Nat (1957). A Night in Tunisia (liner notes). LX 1115. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Vik Records.
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- Anthenagin (liner notes). P 10076. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Prestige Records. 1973.
- Three Blind Mice (liner notes). UAJ 14002. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. United Artists Records. 1962.
- Sherman, Ed (1963). Ugetsu (liner notes). RLP 464. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Riverside Records.
- Avakian, George (1956). The Cool Voice of Rita Reys (liner notes). CL 903. Reys, Rita; Wes Ilcken Combo; Jazz Messengers. Columbia Records.
- Lampley, Cal (1957). Drum Suite (liner notes). CL 1002. Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble. Columbia Records.
- Gitler, Ira (1978). Live Messengers (liner notes). BN-LA472-J2. Blakey, Art. Blue Note Records.
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