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, 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. It has been reissued on CD.
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.