The Jazz Show Episode February 10, 2014

Broadcast on 10-Feb-2014

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Master drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: "The Freedom Rider"
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This album is not as overt a protest or as political as last week's Jazz feature by Max Roach but has political overtones, a reflection the time it was recorded in 1961. This was the time of The Freedom Riders, young people both black and caucasian from the North who headed down to the militant Southern States to fight the segregation laws that were illegal but still practised. The members of this important edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers were all African- Americans who were politically aware. The music reflects this awareness as to the civil rights movement that was taking place in the USA. The title track is a drum solo by Art Blakey dedicated to the young Freedom Riders and called "The Freedom Rider". The rest of the tunes by this great Messenger edition which consisted of Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone who was also musical director of the band. Lee Morgan on trumpet, Bobby Timmons on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass and Blakey. The compositions are two by Shorter and four by Morgan showing how creative this band was. The music is intense and swinging and the chemistry of this band is something to behold. Check out "The Freedom Rider"!

Track Listing:

Wade in the Water
Johnny Griffin · The Big Soul Band
Deep River
Johnny Griffin · The Big Soul Band
So Tired.
Johnny Griffin · The Big Soul Band
The House of Blue Lights
Eddie Costa · The House of Blue Lights
My Funny Valentine
Eddie Costa · The House of Blue Lights
Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday · Strange Fruit
Gone With What Wind
Benny Goodman · Sextet
Dat Dere
Oscar Brown Jr. · Sin and Soul
Brown Baby
Oscar Brown Jr. · Sin and Soul
Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus · Mingus Ah Um
Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus · Mingus Presents Mingus
Powerful Paul Robeson
Clifford Jordan · Glass Bead Games
Eddie Harris
Clifford Jordan · Glass bead Games
Tell It Like It Is!
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
The Freedom Rider
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
El Toro
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
Petty Larceny
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
Pisces
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
Blue Lace
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
Uptight.
Art Blakey · The Freedom Rider
Mikrokosmos
Tomasz Stanko · Wislawa
Song for H
Tomaz Stanko · Wislawa
Faces
Tomaz Stanko · Wislawa