Rare Dutch studio recordings, one of Art’s last sessions before he passed away. First time on vinyl. You’ll find ten sublime tracks recorded at Rudy van Gelder’s Recording Studio in February 1990. Art Blakey passed away just 8 months after these tracks were cut and you can’t hear any signs of him slowing down at all. For these specific recordings, The Jazz Messengers were expanded from its usual quintet or sextet into a septet and they showcase their energetic signature sound with remarkable style, musical knowledge, a dash of good humor and camaraderie you’d expect from a world class band who have entertained, thrilled and amazed for almost five decades. The line-up on these fantastic sessions includes non-other than Essiet Okon, Geoff Keezer, Dale Barlow, Javon Jackson, Frank Lacy, Steve Davis and Brian Lynch...impressive to say the least!
Chippin’ In sounds as successful, young and vibrant as ever! Expect supercharged hard bop with striking notes, no-holds-barred musicianship, high swinging solos, screaming choruses and plenty of solid virtuosity to spare. This electrifying set of tracks contains both originals and several eclectic versions of standards...making this release a bonafide hit and a must have for any self-respecting jazz fan or collector.