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Art Blakey- Free For All (1965)

Updated: Feb 1


Art Blakey- Free For All

Blue Note Records

Recorded February 10, 1964

Released July 1965


Art Blakey's Free For All showcases Blakey's prowess as a drummer and bandleader. The album features an exceptional lineup with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Reggie Workman. The album's tracks, including Wayne Shorter's explosive "Free For All," reflect the group's energy, urgency, and virtuosity. Each musician delivers standout solos, with Shorter, Hubbard, and Fuller displaying technical brilliance. "The Core," dedicated to the Congress of Racial Equality, and Clare Fischer's "Pensativa" add diverse dimensions, showcasing the group's range. Free For All remains a testament to Blakey's enduring influence and the musical brilliance of his Jazz Messengers.

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