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Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York on February 21, 1954. Originally released on Bluenote (1522).Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder. Art Blakey's pre-Messengers quintet are in fine form on this second volume of A NIGHT AT BIRDLAND, a date that Blakey later claimed to be the "first time I enjoyed a record session." Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Curley Russell, original Messengers leader Horace Silver and the powerful Art Blakey present a night of hard-swinging tunes and astounding soloing that defines the state of modern jazz in 1954. Blakey launches into a raucous solo to introduce the sizzling "Wee Dot" as the set's opener. Switching gears, Donaldson is then featured on the classic "If I Had You," a bluesy ballad that gets a lift by the saxophonist's shimmering tone. The heat is back on, though, as a lightning-quick alternate take of Silver's "Quicksilver" will leave you breathless in its wake. A delightful arrangement of Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" gives us a hint of the future Messengers sound. The end of the set appropriately features two Bird classics--the exemplary "Now's The Time" and the furious "Confirmation"-- both receiving excellent performances that cap off a memorable night of jazz. This is part of Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
|1. Wee Dot|
|2. If I Had You|
|4. Now's The Time|