By Euan Dixon, Jazz Views

When Art Blakey died in 1990 Dave Gelly wrote in the obituary that appeared in The Observer , “Art Blakey’s finishing school for promising young musicians……….finally shut up shop last Tuesday with the death of its proprietor. No one can take over because no-one has the faintest idea how he made it work.” Gelly is certainly correct in the sense that Blakey, was no longer `directing the traffic` as he used to put it, but the energetic and assertive `Jazz Messengers` house style he pioneered lives on the musical gene pool of those talented youngsters – now in their prime of life- who graduated from his tutelage and today form part of the influential `Messenger` alumna. Read this review here.

 

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