The Jazz Messengers - At The Cafe Bohemia Volume 1



Music Matters (Blue Note)



Product No.:
AMMJ 1507

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM  

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180-gram double LP

Cut at 45 RPM, gatefold jacket

Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman

For Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it all began in 1955. One could trace the beginnings of hard bop to the underrated classic recordings that Blakey and Horace Silver made with Miles Davis in the early 1950s, and there was an important pre-Messengers quintet that they had with Clifford Brown and Lou Donaldson in 1954. But it was the 1955 group which debuted on the Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers album that really launched both Blakey's band and the Blue Note label's commitment to recording the most exciting hard bop recordings ever heard.

A few months later the same group, with Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley, recorded two albums at New York's Café Bohemia, showing that not only was the music more durable than one record, but that it would result in dozens of superb gems. The excitement of both performing in a brand new group and creating new music can be heard throughout this dazzling LP, which contains the original versions of Dorham's "Minor's Holiday" and "Prince Albert." This was history in the making and the musicians knew it.

1. Soft Winds
2. The Theme
3. Minor's Holiday
4. Alone Together
5. Prince Albert

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Dead On

posted on 01/08/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony
The vinyl is dead flat, dead quiet, the spindle hole is dead center and it sounds pretty good too with you-are-there-in- the-room realism.

Message: Loud and Clear

posted on 12/22/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Emmanuel
This is one of those storied Blue Note albums that bears the 767 Lexington Ave. NYC address on the record label. The kind of Blue Note title that if you found a decent original would set you back two or three month's mortgage payments. but why throw away money chasing historical artifacts when you can have something better and grander. I'm talking about two 180g LP of this record cut from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at 45rpm, housed in a jacket that is worth the price of admission alone.

It's all about sound and this Music Matters reissue doesn't disappoint. If you can find an original at the price of an arm and a leg that sounds this good then you are welcome to it. The music jumps off this vinyl into my room with 3D forcefulness. Just drop that needle on the groove and you will start conjuring up holograms of Art Blakey and the gang. As it's swan song to the 45rpm record Music Matters has produced a record no serious jazz fan can live without.

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