Soul Finger (album)

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This article is about the album by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. For the song by the Bar-Kays, see Soul Finger.
Soul Finger
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Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1965
Recorded May 12 & 13, 1965
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 36:42
Label Limelight
LM 82018
Producer Jack Tracy
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Soul Finger is an album by drummer Art Blakey recorded in 1965 and originally released on the Limelight label.[1][2] On the 2009 CD edition, Gary Bartz, whose recording debut this was, was left off the credits - he is the saxophonist (alto) for 5 of the 6 cuts. Lucky Thompson is only on one cut, playing soprano sax on "Spot Session" with the quartet of Blakey, Hicks and Sproles. A sixth cut from the Bartz sessions was used on the later Hold On, I'm Coming album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 3½ stars stating "The program here showcases the sounds of a band in transition to be sure, but also the sound of a group with nothing to lose; in other words, plenty of chances get taken that might not otherwise fly... this date is well worth seeking out for fans of Blakey's long running, ever evolving unit".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soul Finger" (Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan) - 3:17
  2. "Buh's Bossa" (Morgan) - 5:33
  3. "Spot Session" (Lucky Thompson) - 7:21
  4. "Freedom Monday" (Art Blakey) - 6:15
  5. "A Quiet Thing" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) - 6:56
  6. "The Hub" (Hubbard) - 7:20



  1. ^ Art Blakey discography accessed June 6, 2013
  2. ^ Art Blakey chronology accessed June 6, 2013
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review, accessed June 6, 2013