Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers

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Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers
Ritual by Art Blakey.jpg
Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1957
Recorded January 14, 1957 and February 11, 1957
Genre Jazz
Length 61:30
Label Pacific Jazz (1957, 1962, see text)
Blue Note (1988)
Producer George Avakian
Michael Cuscuna
Art Blakey chronology
Drum Suite
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The Jazz Messengers chronology
Drum Suite
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(1957) Ritual1957
A Midnight Session with the Jazz Messengers
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers is a 1957 release by the Jazz Messengers featuring Art Blakey. It was first released by Pacific Jazz Records as PJM-402,[2] and reissued by them in 1962, with an Elmo Hope session, as Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers/The Elmo Hope Quintet* Featuring Harold Land as PJ-33.[3] It has been reissued on CD.[4]

This later CD, however, features all the recordings from the original Ritual release, plus the Blakey album Once Upon a Groove, which was also recorded in 1957, but not released for several decades (as Blue Note LT-1065), and two additional tracks by Art Blakey. This album is highlighted by hard-swinging sounds from saxophonist Jackie McLean, who previously made his debut with Miles Davis in 1951, and trumpeter Bill Hardman, who played with Charles Mingus during the previous year earlier in 1956.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Little T." (Donald Byrd)- 8:46
  2. "Exhibit A" (Art Blakey, Lee Sears) - 6:44
  3. "Scotch Blues" (Duke Jordan) - 8:31
  4. "Once Upon a Groove" (Owen Marshall) - 8:36
  5. "Sam's Tune" (Sam Dockery) - 5:52
  6. "Touche" (Mal Waldron) - 6:16
  7. "Wake Up!" (Lee Sears) - 5:04
  8. "Art Blakey's Comments on Ritual" (Art Blakey) - 1:55
  9. "Ritual" (Art Blakey) - 9:59


Art Blakey Quintet
  • George Avakian - Original Session Producer
  • Michael Cuscuna - Liner Notes
  • Ron McMaster - Digital Transfers
  • John Altoon - Cover Art


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Umphred, Neal (1994). Price Guide To Collectable Jazz Album, 1949–69. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause. p. 74. 
  3. ^ Umphred, p. 73
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers". Retrieved June 11, 2009. . For the CD re-issue of the Elmo Hope session, see his Trio and Quintet.