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Studio album by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
Released 1982
Recorded April 5, May 4, June 25 and December 12, 1956
New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
FC 38036
Producer Alan Douglas
The Jazz Messengers chronology
The Jazz Messengers
(1956)The Jazz Messengers1956
Hard Bop
(1956)Hard Bop1956

Originally is an album by drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers recorded in 1956 and but not released on the Columbia label until 1982.[1][2] The album features unreleased tracks from the sessions that produced The Jazz Messengers and Hard Bop which have since been released as bonus tracks on those albums and Drum Suite.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 2 stars stating "This LP contains valuable performances by the early Jazz Messengers that sat unissued until decades later.... Although not an essential set, Art Blakey fans will find this album to be a valuable gapfiller in the history of The Jazz Messengers".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Late Show" (Hank Mobley) - 7:08
  2. "Ill Wind" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 2:52
  3. "Weird-O" (Mobley) - 7:05
  4. "Carol's Interlude" [Alternative Take] (Mobley) - 6:14
  5. "Lil' T" (Donald Byrd) - 8:08
  6. "The New Message" (Byrd) - 8:38
  7. "Gershwin Medley: Rhapsody in Blue/Summertime/Someone to Watch Over Me/The Man I Love" (George Gershwin) - 4:51
  • Recorded in New York City on April 5 (tracks 1 & 2), May 4 (tracks 3 & 4), June 25 (tracks 5 & 6), and December 12 (track 7), 1956



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