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Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Free For All (Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series)

Free for All, arguably Art Blakey’s most dynamic album, is a transcendent four-track album that gets its name from the raucous Wayne Shorter original that energetically opens the show. It’s literally an extended musical free-for-all that takes its visceral cue from the otherworldly, ecstatic Shorter solo that commands almost half of the song’s 11-minute surge. Curtis Fuller follows Shorter with fire, with Freddie Hubbard grasping the flaming baton and being cheered on to fly toward the blazing sun. Blakey, who throughout bashes with incendiary beauty, goes ballistic on his exclamatory solo that climaxes the outing before the band returns to the horn-fueled theme. On Free for All, in the midst of his soon-to-be-stars sidemen, Blakey is at once the center of the universe and the gatekeeper to the jazz lifeblood of freedom.

The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series is mastered from 24-bit hi-resolution digital audio files, transferred from the original master tapes, and pressed on 140g vinyl at United Record Pressing.


A1: Free For All

A2: Hammer Head


B1: The Core

B2: Pensativat