In honor of Blue Note Records' 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label's history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in September 2019 with Part 1 of the Great Reid Miles Covers theme - Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones (1962), Kenny Dorham Una Mas (1963) and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Indestructible (1966) - and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year.
The word "indestructible" perfectly fits the legacy of the Jazz Messengers, the power of Art Blakey, and the music on this thrilling Blue Note album. Lee Morgan (who had recently succeeded Freddie Hubbard), Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller made an unbeatable frontline while Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman join Blakey in the rhythm section; talk about an all-star group! Performing their own originals, the band mixes together hard bop, soul jazz, modal music and funk to create a style that could really only be played on this level by the Jazz Messengers. The solos are exciting, the ensembles are powerful, and the passion of Blakey's drums pushes each of the young musicians to play at their most creative. This album is full of musical magic, more of which is revealed in each listen, and features one of Reid Miles' most iconic album cover designs to boot!
This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Art Blakey, drums
Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Curtis Fuller, trombone
Reggie Workman, bass
Cedar Walton, piano
• Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series
• 180g vinyl LP
• Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman
• Theme: Great Miles Reid Covers (Part 1)
• All-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes
• Pressed at Optimal
• Standard packaging