Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – At The Cafe Bohemia Vol. 2 (1955)(Blue Note USA Pressing)(CDP 746522 2)
1955 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 426Mb+7Mb
“They were so hip, you know, they were super-hip!” Those were Horace Silver's words describing the horn section of the 1st edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley weren't the flashiest players, and they were overlooked in the era of Miles and Clifford and Sonny and Trane. But they were also gifted improvisers and composers, as the Bohemia recordings clearly show. Kenny was more boppish than Miles but definitely a middle-register trumpeter; while Hank had a mellow, soulful sound perfect for hard bop. Add the tireless drums of Blakey and the blues-drenched piano of Horace Silver, and you've got a winning combo. This is the same lineup that recorded the classic album Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers about a year earlier; but there aren't any Silver compositions on the Bohemia recordings.
Volume 2 focuses primarily on Hank Mobley's contributions. "Sportin' Crowd" (a.k.a. "Tenor Madness" of Rollins-Coltrane fame) swings hard, while "Avila & Tequila" is an intense Afro-Latin romp that ranks among his best compositions. As far as standards go, "Like Someone in Love" has that great groovy feel that Blakey and his bands perfected.