Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
David Schnitter- tenor sax
Bobby Watson- alto sax
Jimmy Williams- piano
Dennis Irwin- bass
Art Blakey- drums
(plus a Russian player whose name I couldn't understand in the introductions. Vladimir Murray?)
Jonathan Swift's
Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A.
January 24, 1979
(1st show)
performance quality: B+ (maybe better, nice show)
recording quality: B to B+
source: 1st generation audience tape
lineage: master cassette (unknown deck and mikes) >
Maxell UD 7" reel (3 3/4 ips) >
soundforge 4.5 (WAV) > FLAC 6 > torrentially yours.
setlist disc 1 56:15
1: let there be voice > Jody
2: Mashima
3: band introductions
4: my one and only love
5: ?
disc 2 44:55
6: ? (spliced)
7: Art Blakey talks about the Jazz Messengers
8: ?
This is yet another of a nice run of jazz to play at Jonathan Swift's in the late 1970's. I
have a few shows of that to share with you from some of the greatest jazz players- also in this
series to come (if not already) are shows from Tony Tilliams Quintet, Wayne Shorter Quintet and
Eberhard Weber's Colours (maybe one or two more). This is one of the greatest of jazz drummers
sounding in top form. the recording is pretty clear, just a few knocks, and even the band introductions
come through clearly (except for the Russian, and Art apparently neglected to say what instrument
he played, sidetracked a little by talking of how it was illegal to play jazz music in Russia at
that time, and how hard it must be for him to deal with that.)
This is a very good lineup, the recording has a few minor problems and at least 2 brief
cuts that I noticed in remastering, but it's fairly close to a full 1st set (of 2) and a pleasant
listen now. I reduced some knocks and loud claps, didn't do any other alteration of sound except
to evenly balance the levels out. (no dolby, EQ, ect.)
Do not sell this recording.
Trade freely and losslessly.
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