Art BLAKEY – Out Of Nowhere (Quadromania 1947-1980) 2005

Art BLAKEY – Out Of Nowhere (Quadromania 1947-1980) 2005

Jazz

“Quadromania” is a series of no-frills imports that provide 4 CDs worth of music for the price of a single CD. The case (including the teeth holding in the CDs) is rather fragile, but the packaging is especially attractive for a budget compilation of this sort.

I can’t attest to the sound quality of the series, but I took a chance on this Blakey compilation and I was delighted with both the performances and the sound. I already owned the music on one of the four CD’s, but I still can’t believe what a bargain I got. So that you don’t have to gamble the way I did, here’s what the package contains:

CD 1 compiles various sessions from 1947-1949.
* The first four tracks (plus an alternate) are dated 27 Dec 1947 in the support material but apparently they come from the 22 Dec 1947 inaugural session of the “Art Blakey Messengers” as available, for example, on the album “New Sounds.”
* Then there are a pair of 1948 sessions held by “James Moody and his Bop Men,” with Gil Fuller writing/arranging much of the music.
* Finally, there are a pair of 1949 recording sessions from Europe, one in Lausanne and one in Stockholm.

CD 2 features a concert from Birdland recorded on 21 Feb 1954. It’s available elsewhere as a performance of the “Art Blakey Quintet Live at Birdland Volume 2.” The “new trumpet sensation” Clifford Brown sat in, so the concert has been released under his name as well (i.e., as CD #4 in the Complete Clifford Brown on Blue Note/Pacific Jazz boxed set).

CD 3-4 provide a lengthy 11 Oct 1980 performance at Bubba’s Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Just about all of these songs appeared on a pair of CD’s released by the Break Time label. Wynton Marsalis is featured on trumpet. Really exciting performance … Makes me wonder why Art Blakey doesn’t get more credit for the 1980s revival of acoustic jazz. This concert is much more fun than what the Miles Davis alumni recorded around the same time period; Blakey’s group sounds like people playing passionate music rather than people conducting a nostalgia tour.
By  Dennis G. Voss Jr.
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This rare 4 cd set includes 42 different tracks recorded from 1947 to 1980 featuring Blakey with a wide range of musicians going from the early Kenny Dorham of the 40’s, to the great Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson & Clifford Brown to end with contemporary musicians like Winton Marsalis or Jimmy Williams. An excellent sound document to observe the evolution of an artist that left a personal heritage in modern jazz over the years. Highly recommended. ”
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CD 1
New York, December 27, 1947
01. The Thin´Man (2:59)
02. Bob Alley (3:10)
03. Bob Alley (alternate take) (3:06)
04. Groove Street (2:29)
05. Musa’s Vision (3:07)

Art Blakey- Drums
Sahib Shibab- Alto Sax
Musa Kaleem- Tenor Sax
Ernie Thomson- Baritone Sax
Kenny Dorham- Trumpet
Howard Bowe- Trombone
Walter Bishop- Piano
Laverne Barker- Bass

New York, October 19, 1948
06. The Fuller Bop Man (2:58)
07. Workshop (3:17)
08. Oh Henry (2:31)
09. Moodamorphosis (3:01)

Art Blakey- Drums
James Moody- Tenor Sax
Ernie Henry- Alto Sax
Cecil Payne- Baritone Sax
Dave Burns & Elmon Wright- Trumpet
James Forman- Piano
Nelson Boyd- Pass

October 25, 1948
10. Moody’s All Frantic (2:34)
11. Tropicana (3:02)
12. Cu-Ba (2:34)
13. Tin Tin Deo (2:46)

Art Blakey- Drums
James Moody- Tenor Sax
Ernie Henry- Alto Sax
Cecil Payne- Baritone Sax
Dave Burns & Elmon Wright- Trumpet
James Forman- piano
Nelson Boyd- Bass
Chano Pozo- Bongos & Vocals

Lausanne, April 30, 1949
14. Stardust (3:12)
15. Just Moody (2:59)
16. Curly Top Blues (3:23)
17. Moody And Soul (3:10)

Art Blakey- Drums
James Moody- Tenor Sax
Art Simmons- Piano
Alvin Banks- Bass

Stockholm, October 7, 1949
18. Out Of Nowhere (2:54)
19. These Follish Things (3:07)

Art Blakey- Drums
Leppe Sundwall- Trumpet
Arne Dommerus- Alto Sax
James Moody- Tenor Sax
Per Arne Croonabar & Gösta Theselius- Piano
Ingve Akerberg- Bass

CD 2
New York City, February 21, 1954
01. Wee Dot (7:05)
02. If I Had You (3:42)
03. Quicksilver (8:48)
04. The Way You Look Tonight (9:58)
05. Lou’s Blues (3:57)
06. Now’s The Time (8:21)
07. Confirmation (9:53)

Art Blakey- Drums
Clifford Brown- Trumpet
Lou Donaldson- Alto Sax
Horace Silver-Piano
Curly Russel- Bass

CD 3
Bubba’s Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,October 11, 1980
01. Moanin’ (10:20)
02. My Funny Valentine (9:11)
03. Soulful Mr. Timmons (10:16)
04. My Ideal (6:13)
05. Free For All (7:00)
06. Gipsy (6:18)
07. Blakey’s Theme (2:49)

Art Blakey- Drums
Billy Pierce- Tenor Sax
Bobby Watson- Alto Sax
Wynton Marsalis- Trumpet
Jimmy Willimas- Piano
Charles Frabrough- Bass

CD 4
Bubba’s Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,October 11, 1980
01. One By One (5:29)
02. My Funny Valentine (9:09)
03. Round ‘Bout Midnight (6:58)
04. ET (6:02)

Art Blakey- Drums
Billy Pierce- Tenor Sax
Bobby Watson- alto Sax
Wynton Marsalis- Trumpet
Jimmy Willimas- Piano
Charles Frabrough- Bass

Bubba’s Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,October 11, 1980
05. Time Will Tell (12:17)
06. Angel Eyes (9:11)
07. Bitter Dose (10:42)
08. Jodi (6:21)
09. Wheel Within A Wheel (6:29)

Art Blakey- Drums
Billy Pierce- Tenor Sax
Bobby Watson- Alto Sax
Wynton Marsalis- Trumpet
Ellis Marsalis- Piano
Charles Frabrough- Bass
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