By Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
As on its debut album, I Remember Bu, drummer / educator Ralph Peterson‘s Gen-Next Big Band, composed for the most part of students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, pays tribute on Listen Up! to one of Peterson’s mentors, the late great Art Blakey, known far and wide as the longtime leader and sparkplug of the peerless Jazz Messengers. And as before, the band powers its way through nine formidable charts, half a dozen written by Messengers alumni and two by Peterson to complement Hoagy Carmichael’s wistful standard, “Skylark.”
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