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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Verve Reissues

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Blue Note Records

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This time capsule, recorded in 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ, living room and left undisturbed in the Blue Note vaults until now, contains the essential DNA of the first flowering of hard bop in the late '50s. All the genre hallmarks are present: There are intricate chase-scene originals and clever arrangements (the standard "Close Your Eyes") and brash blues-inflected outbursts that light up the solos. And yet, transcending those individual traits, defining not just the notes but the very spirit of the endeavor, is a quality that doesn't get discussed enough in jazz—precision, as in persnickety dotted i's and crossed t's. At times it's downright startling hearing these five musicians nail the details to the wall. They're hardly "just coolin'" here; they're attentive to the small nuances of tunes that might have been written the morning of the session. You can detect the commitment in the pitch-bending doiiiits and the staccato single-note jabs, in the explosion of a long-cresting press roll and the deliberate, nothing-extra stride of a Blakey-trademarked medium-tempo swing. You can hear it in the way trumpeter Lee Morgan and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley phrase together, adding grace notes that are almost inaudible but key nonetheless. And you can't miss it in the thrillingly open lanes where the solos happen. Blakey was revered for the communication he cultivated between musicians; using a repertoire of hits and jabs, he pulled his collaborators into rich, sometimes boisterous discussions, a mode of interplay that in many ways defines hard bop. There are plenty of examples on this record, but perhaps the most crystalline comes during Morgan's first few choruses on "Jimerick," a blazing uptempo blues. He begins with a short inversion of the theme, first restating it in a lazy way. Then he articulates more aggressively, as though trying to establish consensus on the tempo. Blakey picks that up, and jabs out an even sharper response from the metal rim of the snare drum. That unleashes some mean Morgan double-time bebop; what began as a single-note bugle call becomes an intricate conversation. Each element of that conversation is notable for its clarity, and each new soloist contributes to it in a different way—check the unhurried, wonderfully lucid way Mobley carves up the opening "Hipsippy Blues." The tune is one of three originals Mobley wrote for the date, and if it's familiar that's because it was included on a monumental live recording captured a few months later—At the Jazz Corner of the World, a fiery and complex document that's become part of the "essential listening" jazz canon. Just Coolin', which is apparently the only other recording of this short lived incarnation of the group, might be a step below that in terms of intensity. But only a step. © Tom Moon/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1999 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2005 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1961 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2012 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2002 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 juli 1963 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2004 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 2007 | Blue Note Records

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Bebop - Verschenen op 29 november 1994 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1998 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1994 | Blue Note Records

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Moderne jazz - Verschenen op 20 februari 2020 | RevOla

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