Straight Ahead (Art Blakey album)

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Straight Ahead
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Live album by
RecordedJune 1981
Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California
LabelConcord Jazz
CJ 168
ProducerFrank Dorritie
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Straight Ahead is a live album by drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco in 1981 and released on the Concord Jazz label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls it "One of the best recordings by Art Blakey's 1981 Jazz Messengers... Highly recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Falling In Love with Love" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 7:52
  2. "My Romance" (Hart, Rodgers) - 3:30
  3. "Webb City" (Bud Powell) - 9:53
  4. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin) - 9:32
  5. "E.T.A." (Bobby Watson) - 6:09
  6. "The Theme" (Miles Davis) - 2:56



  1. ^ Art Blakey discography accessed June 19, 2013
  2. ^ Art Blakey chronology accessed June 18, 2013
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed June 19, 2013
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.