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Art Blakey
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1919-10-11
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Biography

Drummer. He started out as a pianist, but changed to drums before leaving his home town of Pittsburgh. After arriving in New York, he played for Mary Lou Williams and Fletcher Henderson, but he made his name with singer Billy ...

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Biography

Drummer. He started out as a pianist, but changed to drums before leaving his home town of Pittsburgh. After arriving in New York, he played for Mary Lou Williams and Fletcher Henderson, but he made his name with singer Billy Eckstine's revolutionary bebop big band in 1943, with which he stayed for around three years.

Initially the band included Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker - other bebop musicians including Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon later joined. Blakey's energetic drum style was featured on many records for Blue Note from the late 1940s, often with Thelonious Monk and other bop pioneers. He also visited Africa to learn more about rhythm and Islam. (He took the Islamic name Abdullah Ibn Buhaina).

In the early 1950s he began recording with pianist Horace Silver, and in 1955 they formed the co-operative Jazz Messengers, which Blakey eventually took over. This band pioneered 'hard bop' - a style of modern jazz that coupled bebop harmonies to the backbeat rhythms of the blues and the soulful sounds of gospel.

From the mid-1950s until the end of his life , Blakey led this group - first a quintet and later a sextet, and became a byword for talent spotting, as his line-ups included many of the most talented players in jazz, including trumpeters Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, saxophonists Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis and Donald Harrison, and pianists Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton and Benny Green.

His dozens of discs show a relentless energy , and in addition to his trademark drum rolls and hi-hat cymbal, he had the ability to transform a composition through constant experiment on the bandstand.


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Moanin'
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Moanin' Moanin' Moanin' Moanin'
Art Blakey, Buddy DeFranco, Buddy DeFranco, Buddy DeFranco, Milt Hinton & Kenny Drew
Left Field
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Left Field Left Field Left Field Left Field
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Valmontana
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Valmontana Valmontana Valmontana Valmontana
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The Drum Thunder Suite
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The Drum Thunder Suite The Drum Thunder Suite The Drum Thunder Suite The Drum Thunder Suite
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Toffi
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Toffi Toffi Toffi Toffi
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Dinga
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Dinga Dinga Dinga Dinga
Cannonball Adderley, Sam Jones, Art Blakey & Hank Jones
Dancing in the Dark
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Dancing in the Dark Dancing in the Dark Dancing in the Dark Dancing in the Dark
Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley & Doug Watkins
Doodlin'
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Doodlin' Doodlin' Doodlin' Doodlin'
Gene Ramey, Art Blakey & Thelonious Monk
Thelonious
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Thelonious Thelonious Thelonious Thelonious
Ernie Royal, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Chuck Wayne, Louis R. Mucci, Frank Rehak, Harvey Philips, Johnny Coles, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Julius Watkins, Jerry Sanfino, Tom Mitchell, Joe Bennet & Cannonball Adderley
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
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Struttin' With Some Barbecue Struttin' With Some Barbecue Struttin' With Some Barbecue Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Art Blakey, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Monk, Gene Ramey & Gene Ramey
Ruby My Dear
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Ruby My Dear Ruby My Dear Ruby My Dear Ruby My Dear
Ernie Royal, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Gil Evans, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Chuck Wayne, Louis R. Mucci, Frank Rehak, Harvey Philips, Joe Bennett, Johnny Coles, Julius Watkins, Jerry Sanfino, Tom Mitchell & Cannonball Adderley
St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues St Louis Blues St Louis Blues St Louis Blues
Sonny Stitt, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk & Giants of Jazz
Don't Blame Me
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Don't Blame Me Don't Blame Me Don't Blame Me Don't Blame Me
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Blues March
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Blues March Blues March Blues March Blues March
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Along Came Betty
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Along Came Betty Along Came Betty Along Came Betty Along Came Betty
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Are You Real
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Are You Real Are You Real Are You Real Are You Real
Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins & Art Blakey
Yesterdays
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Yesterdays Yesterdays Yesterdays Yesterdays
Art Blakey & Mosaic Whispers
Mosaic
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Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic
Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Curley Russell & Clifford Brown
Quicksilver
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Quicksilver Quicksilver Quicksilver Quicksilver
Bill Hardman, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Sam Dockery & Spanky De Brest
Evans
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Evans Evans Evans Evans
Hank Mobley
Dig Dis
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Dig Dis Dig Dis Dig Dis Dig Dis
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So Tired
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So Tired So Tired So Tired So Tired
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Elephant Walk
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Elephant Walk Elephant Walk Elephant Walk Elephant Walk
J.J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, Budd Johnson, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath & Art Blakey
The Champ
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The Champ The Champ The Champ The Champ
Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman
Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman)
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Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman)
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3 Blind Mice
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3 Blind Mice 3 Blind Mice 3 Blind Mice 3 Blind Mice
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Miguel's Party
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Miguel's Party Miguel's Party Miguel's Party Miguel's Party
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Ms B.C.
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Ms B.C. Ms B.C. Ms B.C. Ms B.C.
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Buttercorn Lady
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Buttercorn Lady Buttercorn Lady Buttercorn Lady Buttercorn Lady
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On the Ginza
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On the Ginza On the Ginza On the Ginza On the Ginza
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Lester Left Town
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Lester Left Town Lester Left Town Lester Left Town Lester Left Town
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Blues March
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Blues March Blues March Blues March Blues March
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Wee-dot
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Wee-dot Wee-dot Wee-dot Wee-dot
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Sweet 'n' Sour
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Sweet 'n' Sour Sweet 'n' Sour Sweet 'n' Sour Sweet 'n' Sour
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Evidence
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Evidence Evidence Evidence Evidence
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The Hub
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The Hub The Hub The Hub The Hub
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My Romance
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My Romance My Romance My Romance My Romance
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Ping Pong
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Ping Pong Ping Pong Ping Pong Ping Pong
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Bu's Delight
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Bu's Delight Bu's Delight Bu's Delight Bu's Delight
Horace Silver
The Preacher
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The Preacher The Preacher The Preacher The Preacher
Horace Silver, Horace Silver, Art Blakey & Hank Mobley
Opus De Funk
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Opus De Funk Opus De Funk Opus De Funk Opus De Funk
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Soul Finger
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Soul Finger Soul Finger Soul Finger Soul Finger
Art Blakey
Tell It Like It Is
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Tell It Like It Is Tell It Like It Is Tell It Like It Is Tell It Like It Is
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