Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Jazz Messengers - 1964 - Golden Boy

The Jazz Messengers 
Golden Boy

01. Theme From Golden Boy 5:35
02. Yes I Can 5:25
03. Lorna's Here 5:09
04. This Is The Life 5:56
05. There's A Party 5:00
06. I Want To Be With You 4:03

Alto Saxophone – James Spaulding
Baritone Saxophone – Charles Davis
Bass – Reggie Workman
Drums – Art Blakey
French Horn – Julius Watkins
Producer – Jack Lewis
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trombone – Curtis Fuller
Trumpet – Lee Morgan
Tuba – Bill Barber

Full title is Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers play selections from the new musical "Golden Boy"

Originally released in 1964, Golden Boy features drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers performing songs from the Lee Adams and Charles Strouse Broadway musical for which the album is titled. Based off the play, written by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, Golden Boy was a socially conscious musical about a Harlem prize-fighter trying to escape his working class roots. A somewhat obscure Blakey release, Golden Boy nonetheless features plenty of improvisatory, hard bop firepower.

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