Ugetsu (album)

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Ugetsu
Ugetsu cover.jpg
Live album by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Released October 1963[1]
Recorded June 16, 1963
Venue Birdland, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 62:36 (2011 CD reissue)
Label Riverside
RLP-464
Producer Orrin Keepnews
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Review scores
SourceRating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4.0/5 stars[3]

Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland is a live jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers released on Riverside Records in October 1963.[4] The album marked Riverside's recording debut at Birdland, one of the most famous and celebrated American jazz clubs.

The original LP had six tracks and producer Orrin Keepnews stated in the liner notes that "there were other performances taped that night that couldn't be fitted into the resulting album". When the album was released on CD, Keepnews added three new tracks that were recorded that night. The Jazz Messengers' tour in Japan had ended a few months before this live performance; then the band decided to play two tracks as a homage to Japan: the eponymous "Ugetsu" and "On the Ginza".[5]

It was remastered in 2010 and reissued the following year by Original Jazz Classics, with a previously unissued track, "Conception".

Track listing[edit]

1989 CD release[edit]

  1. "One By One" (Wayne Shorter) - 6:18
  2. "Ugetsu" (Cedar Walton) - 11:03
  3. "Time Off" (Curtis Fuller) - 4:56
  4. "Ping-Pong" (Shorter) - 8:09
  5. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 6:32
  6. "On the Ginza" (Shorter) - 7:04
  7. "Eva" (Shorter) - 5:58
  8. "The High Priest" (Fuller) - 5:27
  9. "The Theme" (Miles Davis) - 1:48

Note

  • Tracks 7, 8, 9 are not part of original album.

2011 CD reissue[edit]

  1. "One By One" (Wayne Shorter) - 6:22
  2. "Ugetsu" (Cedar Walton) - 11:03
  3. "Time Off" (Curtis Fuller) - 4:58
  4. "Ping-Pong" (Shorter) - 8:10
  5. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 6:31
  6. "On the Ginza" (Shorter) - 7:07
  7. "Eva" (Shorter) - 5:55
  8. "The High Priest" (Fuller) - 5:32
  9. "Conception" (George Shearing) - 5:15
  10. "The Theme" (Miles Davis) - 1:43

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Oct 19, 1963
  2. ^ Down Beat: November 21, 1963 vol. 30, no. 30
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Billboard, 19 Oct 1963, p. 11.
  5. ^ Original liner notes