Free for All: The best Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers record?

Free for All: The best Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers record?

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Free for All 

Blue Note – BST 84170


Is this the best Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers? That’s a hard question, of course. However, to my ears, the answer is yes. Well, until I listen to other Blakey and TJM recordings by his 1958-1964 groups.


The eleven-minute title track, composed by Wayne Shorter, has a rhythmic groove and a piano sound that bring memories of McCoy Tyner and Coltrane’s greatest quartet of the day. Powerful, soulful, hard bop. Outstanding music making throughout. Very highly recommended. 


Recorded: February 10, 1964

Released: July 1965

Recording Venue: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA

Engineer: Rudy van Gelder


                        Art Blakey – Drums

                        Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet

                        Curtis Fuller – Trombone

                        Wayne Shorter – Tenor saxophone

                        Cedar Walton – Piano

                        Reggie Workman – Bass


My copies: 

  1. Label: Music Matters Jazz MMBST-84170

    Format: Vinyl, 12”, 45 RPM, 180 gm LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Numbered, Stereo

    Released: September 1, 2012


  2. Label: EMI Toshiba Japan BST 84170

Format: Vinyl, 12”, 33 1/3 RPM, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Stereo

Released: April 26, 1991


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