This release features Blakey on percussion, backed by Ronnie Matthews on piano, Larry Evans on bass, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone and Billy Harper on tenor sax. From the archives of Everest Records.
Down Beat - p.723 stars out of 5
-- "[T]here's intense expression that crackles with energy, and the band is intimate with the repertoire."
JazzTimes - p.145
"Harper turns in some dramatic, emotionally charged tenor work on a sparse arrangement of 'Angel Eyes'...'
Personnel: Art Blakey (drums); Billy Harper (tenor saxophone); Bill Hardman (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Ronnie Mathews (piano); Larry Evans (bass guitar).
Recording information: 1968.
Although this budget-priced in-concert recording of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers features minimal information, the music here speaks for itself. On LIVE, the legendary drummer/bandleader steers his ensemble through a potent set of tunes including his own frenetic "New World" and Slide Hampton's slinky "Slide #2." While longtime Blakey fans will likely opt for performances released on bigger labels, jazz neophytes may enjoy this disc.