Bebop is such a cool-sounding word.  And it’s such an integral part of jazz, there’s no way to get around it.  It’s about tempo, making it fast.  It’s about improvisation.  It’s about playing an instrument like no other has or possibly will.

Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!
Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drummer Art Blakey was a vital part of modern bebop.  He launched The Jazz Messengers in the late 1940s, and they remained a prominent voice in jazz music for the next 30 years.  Along the way, Blakey kept infusing more youth into the message to keep it rolling.

Through the philosophy of infusing youth on a constant basis, The Jazz Messengers became a launching pad for some of the most prominent players in jazz, such as Keith Jarrett, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, and Kevin Eubanks, just to name a few.

But that was what Blakey brought out in others.  Blakey himself was aggressive, all about keeping the groove.  He played with the giants — Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gilllespie, and Bud Powell.  That’s part of what made him a giant himself, and he stayed there into the late 1980s.


2 thoughts on “My music playlist for today (July 1, 2012 edition)

  1. I was fortunate enough to see Blakey and the Messengers several times in NYC during the 70s and 80s.He was gigging all over the greater NYC area.He liked to work.Always a great showman and spokesman for jazz.

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