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
Released 1982
Recorded December 4, 1981
Columbia Studio B, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Union Jazz
Producer Teo Macero
Art Blakey chronology
Straight Ahead
(1981)Straight Ahead1981
Killer Joe
Keystone 3
(1982)Keystone 31982

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