Arthur Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he briefly converted to Islam in the late 1940s.
Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He then worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s, Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years. The group was formed as a collective of contemporaries, but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz calls the Jazz Messengers “the archetypal hard bop group of the late 50s”.
Blakey was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (in 1981), the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 1998 and 2001), and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1991
Holiday for Skins is a 1959 album by jazz drummer Art Blakey. Recorded for the Blue Note label in November 1958, the album was released in two volumes before being reissued together in a CD set in 2006. (by wikipedia)
This is Art Blakey’s most rare project dedicated to percussion and probabaly the best one. Art Blakey is here leading a great jazz and percussionist large band. Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on drums, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Ray Brant on the piano, on percussions not less than Ray Barreto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzales, Julio Martinez, Chonguito Vicenten, Fred Pagani Jr and additionally a great choir. The result is a rich confrontation of african and latin rythms with contemporary jazz of these late fifties. “The Feats”, “Agnaho” & “Lamento Africano” represent the peak of this recording session, counterpoints, breathtaking variations in rythm and tempo and a real liberty of expression for each soloist. Classic jazz is not absent and is illustrated here by tracks such as “Otinde”, or the Ray Bryant compositions : “Swinging Kilts” and “Reflection”. The whole record is a vibrant celebration of pure rythm, let us no forget that Art Blakey has travelled extensively until Africa and was deeply aware what Jazz was owing to african and latin patterns. The sound of the record is unbelievable for this date of 1958. (rushhour.nl)
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 bandmembers. Tunes like “Mirage,” however, blend these exotic sounds with a more straightforward bop vocabulary, resulting in the set’s most engaging moments. As one of the more adventurous dates from Blue Note’s ’50s period, Holiday for Skins is an intriguing listen. (by Rovi Staff)
Art Blakey (drums, chanting)
Ray Bryant (piano)
Philly Joe Jones (drums, chanting, vocals)
Wendell Marshall (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
Donald Byrd (trumpet on 01. + 04.)
Ray Barretto – Victor Gonzales Julio Martinez – Sabu Martinez – Chonguito Vincente -Fred Pagani – Andy Delannoy
Austin Cromer – Hal Rasheed –
01. The Feast 8.52
02. Aghano 6.03
03. Lamento Africano 8.21
04. Mirage 10.26
All compositions by Art Blakey
Art Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990)