[JPL] Re: Keith Jarrett as a Sideman

Andy Cook ajcook68 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 7 09:15:17 EST 2006


Keith Jarret played with Art Blakey for about four months during early 1966, and as a result recorded with the Jazz Messsengers along with Chuck Mangione (1965-1966/67), Frank Mitchell on Tenor Sax (1965-1967), and Reggie Johnson on Bass (1965-1967).  The live recording from The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, CA was released on Limelight.  The recording is available on the Verve Music Group website, as a download only. It was released on CD via Emarcy Jazz during the mid 80s, but not currently available on CD.  After Keith left the band, he was briefly replaced by Mike Nock and Lonnie Liston Smith, and then Chick Corea joined the band until both Chuck and Chick left around late 1966, early 1967. Buttercorn Lady is a very solid live date, and I think one of the best Jazz Messengers recordings of the post Wayne Shorter/Freddie Hubbard/Lee Morgan/Curtis Fuller/Cedar Walton/Reggie Workman years of 1961-1964.  It's too bad Keith left the band so soon.  I would have liked to have
 heard them in a studio recording.

There are three excellent sources of references about this edition of the Jazz Messengers.  Two books, one by author Leslie Gourse called "Jazz Messenger," and another called "Hard Bop Academy."  Also Steve Schwartz has a great reference source/chronology of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.  Just type in a search for "Art Blakey Discography Chronology" and you should get to it.

Andy Cook
WFNX Jazz Brunch
Boston, MA

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