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File under: Hard Bop

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Indestructible (LP)

Label: Blue Note

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Blue Note, here comes the first releases of a new series of LPs, entitled Great Reid Miles Covers, that celebrates the extraordinary and famous covers created by graphic designer and photographer Reid Miles, the artist who gave an unmistakable image to the albums of the blue label and also wrote an unforgettable page in the history of graphic design of the 20th Century. For this series, the new masters were processed by Kevin Gray from the original analogue tapes, and are pressed on 180 gram vinyl.


"Lee Morgan once again became part of the Jazz Messengers after replacing Freddie Hubbard, who left after replacing Morgan originally. The band is rounded out by pianist Cedar Walton, a steaming Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and bassist Reggie Workman with Art Blakey on the skins, of course. Indestructible is a hard-blowing blues 'n' bop date with Shorter taking his own solos to the outside a bit, and with Blakey allowing some of Fuller's longer, suite-like modal compositional work into the mix as well (The Egyptian and Sortie). There are plenty of hard swinging grooves - an off-Latin funk à la Morgan's Calling Miss Kadija, Shorter's killer Mr. Jin, and Walton's ballad-cum-post-bop sprint When Love Is New - and the Blakey drive is in full effect, making this album comes closest in feel to the Moanin' sessions with Bobby Timmons. Here the balance of soul groove and innovative tough bop are about equal. Morgan lends great intensity to this date by being such a perfect foil for Shorter, and their trading of fours and eights in Sortie is one of the album's many high points. Morgan's bluesed-out modal frame is already in evidence here as he was beginning to stretch beyond the parameters of the 12-bar frame and into music from other spaces and times." - Thom Jurek, All Music

File under: Hard Bop
Cat. number: 0602577647390
Year: 2019