The Jazz Messengers (1956 album)

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The Jazz Messengers
Studio album by
RecordedApril 6 & May 4, 1956
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
GenreJazz, hard bop
LabelColumbia CL 897; CK 65265 (1997)
ProducerGeorge Avakian
Michael Cuscuna (1997)
The Jazz Messengers chronology
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The Jazz Messengers
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The Jazz Messengers is a 1956 album by the Jazz Messengers, released by Columbia Records. It was the last recording by the Jazz Messengers lineup featuring pianist Horace Silver.

In 1968 Columbia reissued the LP in their Jazz Odyssey Series with a new cover under the title Art Blakey with the Original Jazz Messengers. In 1997 the album was digitally remastered and released on CD, again with its original title and cover, featuring all the tracks from the original LP along with five additional tracks drawn from the same recording sessions but previously released only on foreign imports.

Track listing[edit]

This is the track listing for the current Columbia CD release. Tracks 1−7 are from the original LP and in the same order (Columbia CL 897, 1956). The adjacent tracks 8−10 and 12 were first released on Originally (Columbia FC 38036, 1982). Track 11 was previously unreleased.

  1. "Infra-Rae" (Hank Mobley) - 6:57
  2. "Nica's Dream" (Horace Silver) - 11:51
  3. "It's You or No One" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) - 5:36
  4. "Ecaroh" (Silver) - 6:02
  5. "Carol's Interlude" (Mobley) - 5:36
  6. "The End of a Love Affair" (E.C. Redding) - 6:43
  7. "Hank's Symphony" (Mobley) - 4:37
  8. "Weird-O" (Mobley) - 7:06
  9. "Ill Wind" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 2:52
  10. "Late Show" (Mobley) - 7:09
  11. "Deciphering the Message" (Mobley) - 6:29
  12. "Carol's Interlude (alternate take)" (Mobley) - 6:13



  • The Jazz Messengers (LP), Columbia, US, 1956
  • The Jazz Messengers (LP), Philips, Europe, 1956
  • Art Blakey with the Original Jazz Messengers (LP reissue) Columbia Jazz Odyssey Series, US, 1968
  • The Jazz Messengers (LP reissue), Columbia, US, 1981
  • The Jazz Messengers (CD, remastered), Columbia / Legacy, US and Europe, 1997
  • The Jazz Messengers (2x 180 g LP reissue) Columbia / Pure Pleasure, US, 2011
  • The Jazz Messengers (MC reissue) PolyGram Spain


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