Killer Joe (George Kawaguchi & Art Blakey album)

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Killer Joe
Killer Joe (George Kawaduchi & Art Blakey album).jpg
Studio album by
George Kawaguchi and Art Blakey
RecordedDecember 4, 1981
Columbia Studio B, New York City
LabelUnion Jazz
ProducerTeo Macero
Art Blakey chronology
Straight Ahead
Killer Joe
Keystone 3

Killer Joe is an album by drummer Art Blakey with Japanese drummer George Kawaguchi recorded in 1981 and originally released on the Japanese Union Jazz label but later released on Storyville in the US.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic states that "This unusual LP finds Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers adding a second drummer, the fine Japanese player George Kawaguchi, to a set featuring three standards and two Kawaguchi pieces... Fine music, although a bit of an oddity".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by George Kawaguchi except as indicated

  1. "Killer Joe" (Benny Golson) - 10:00
  2. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie) - 9:15
  3. "Well You Needn't" (Thelonious Monk) - 6:47
  4. "Tin Tin Teo" - 6:41
  5. "Big Apple Jump" - 6:36



  1. ^ Art Blakey discography accessed June 20, 2013
  2. ^ Art Blakey chronology accessed June 20, 2013
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed June 20, 2013
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.