Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Caravan (Full Album)

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Caravan is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey’s first album for Riverside Records after he signed with them in October 1962. The songs were recorded at the Plaza Sound Studio in New York City, on October 23-24, 1962. The producer was Orrin Keepnews who also supervised the album’s remastered re-release on CD.

In 2007, the BBC described it as “a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest”.

“This release can be considered definitive Blakey, bop, and Jazz Messengers.” – Lindsay Planer/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Caravan” (Juan Tizol) – 9:47
“Sweet ‘n’ Sour” (Shorter) – 5:31
“In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” (Mann, Hilliard) – 4:06
“This Is for Albert” (Shorter) – 8:21
“Skylark” (Carmichael, Mercer) – 4:51
“Thermo” (Hubbard) – 6:48
The remastered CD re-issue features two alternate takes, each preceding its master take.
“Thermo (Take 2)” (Hubbard) – 7:26
“Sweet ‘n’ Sour (Take 4)” (Shorter) – 5:27

Personnel:
Art Blakey – drums
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Curtis Fuller – trombone
Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone
Cedar Walton – piano
Reggie Workman – bass

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Released: Early February 1963
Recorded: October 23-24, 1962
Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Length: 52:17
Label: Riverside
RLP 438
Producer: Orrin Keepnews

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