Vol. 2: Mission Eternal

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Vol 2 Mission Eternal
  • CAT # PRCD-24159-25

    1. Gertrude's Bounce 4:43
    2. Siempre Mi Amor 4:52
    3. Mission Eternal 12:10
    4. Moanin' 5:31
    5. A Chant For Bu 8:36
    6. One For Trane 6:08
    7. Along Came Betty (Instrumental) 6:06
    8. Along Came Betty (Vocal) 4:52
    9. Without A Song 5:59
    10. Love: For The One You Can't Have 10:03
    11. Fantasy In D 8:38

Drummer extraordinaire Art Blakey (1919-1990) was justifiably known for leading a succession of blazing small bands that spotlighted what would amount to a post-bop ball of fame. These 1973 performances, with trumpeter-composer Woody Shaw (1944-1989) and pianist-composer Cedar Walton (b. 1934) among the featured players, comprise as stylistically variegated a program as Blakey ever recorded. There's classic bop, modal navigations, percussion discussions, a piano trio feature, Latin grooves, Messengers classics older ("Moanin'," "Along Came Betty") and newer ("Fantasy in D" aka "Ugetsu" and the title track). There's also a previously unissued cut ("Siempre Mi Amor") and a playful guest vocal by Jon Hendricks on "Along Came Betty."

Gertrude's Bounce, Siempre Mi Amor, Mission Eternal , Moanin', A Chant for Bu, One for Trane, Along Came Betty (instrumental), Along Came Betty (vocal), Without a Song; Love: For the One You Can't Have; Fantasy in D

with Woody Shaw, Carter Jefferson, Cedar Walton, Mickey Bass, Tony Waters, Jon Hendricks, Steve Turre, Michael Howell

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