The Bones of Art: A Tribute to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
One of the world's preëminent jazz innovators, trombonist and conch shellist Steve Turre, has repeatedly won JazzTimes, Down Beat, and Jazziz magazines’ polls for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). During his long and productive musical career, he has worked mainly with groups usually featuring trumpet, reed instruments and rhythm. For some time he has had a desire to work with a three-trombone frontline sextet, more focused than his larger Sanctified Shells ensemble. Most jazz fans recall the Kai Winding-J.J. Johnson two and four trombone bands from the 1950s and ‘60s, but Steve has heard a unique three trombone sound in his mind and recruited two more Jazz Messenger alumni trombonists, Steve Davis and Kuumba Frank Lacy, for this special project.
The Bones of Art, of course, is Steve’s homage to Art Blakey, the indomitable hard-bop drummer, who launched a multitude of great careers via his Jazz Messengers band. No one has ever been the same after a stint with Blakey. The Jazz Messengers (named by co-founder Horace Silver) came into being in 1953 and continued uninterrupted until Blakey’s demise in 1990. In addition to the numerous formal accolades, Blakey left unforgettable impressions in the hearts of innumerable musicians and fans around the world. Blakey’s swing and propulsion was the DNA of the Jazz Messengers. Once it was imprinted in you, it was forever and nothing quite like that feel could replace it.
Steve Turre – trombone and shells
Kuumba Frank Lacy – trombone
Steve Davis – trombone
Xavier Davis – piano
Corcoran Holt – bass
Willie Jones III - drums
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