Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Class of ’57
Well, well, it’s nice to see the Night Lights site paying homage to a wonderful, overlooked edition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Jackie McLean, Bill Hardman, Sam Dockery and Spanky De Brest. It was a gem of a band and recorded frequently during its short existence. When we started our Mosaic Singles series, one of the first project I targeted as this band’s HARD BOP LP on Columbia (MCD-1005). There was actually another half of album of material used on DRUM SUITE, so I combined it all and was lucky enough to discover stereo session reels and make it available in that format for the first time.