- Released: June 6, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.The Feast
- 3.Lamento Africano
- 6.Swingin' Kilts
Personnel: Art Blakey (chant, drums); Philly Joe Jones (chant, drums, timpani); Sabu Martinez (chant, congas, bongos); Hal Rasheed, Austin Cromer (chant); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Ray Bryant (piano); Julio Martinez, Ray Barretto (congas); V¡ctor Gonz lez (bongos); Andy Delannoy (maracas).
Liner Note Author: Michael Cuscuna.
Recording information: Manhattan Towers, New York, NY (11/09/1958).
Unknown Contributor Role: Julio Martinez.
This 1958 release, recorded the same year as Art Blakey's canonical album MOANIN', bears little resemblance to that more famous release. While the personnel on HOLIDAY FOR SKINS features some of the finest players of the hard bop era (including drummer Philly Joe Jones and trumpeter Donald Byrd), the music on the album draws its inspiration directly from African and Latin folk forms.
This is especially evident on tracks like "The Feast" and "Aghano," which feature circular drum patterns and chanting from the band members. Tunes like "Mirage," however, blend these exotic sounds with more straightforward bop vocabulary, resulting in the set's most engaging moments. As one of the more adventurous dates from Blue Note's 1950s period, HOLIDAY FOR SKINS is an intriguing listen.