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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Tough! WaxTime



Recorded in 1957 but not released until 1966, drummer Art Blakey's Tough! is a swinging hard bop date. Joining Blakey here is saxophone giant Jackie McLean, along with a stellar group of less-appreciated artists including trumpeter Bill Hardman, pianist Sam Dockery, and bassist Spanky DeBrest. While not as essential as some of Blakey's other Jazz Messengers releases, Tough! certainly holds its own.

Art Blakey - drums Bill Hardman - trumpet Jackie McLean - alto saxophone Sam Dockery - piano Spanky DeBrest - bass

"Scotch Blues" (Duke Jordan) - 7:55 "Flight to Jordu" (Jordan) - 7:20 "Transfiguration" (Art Blakey) - 5:08 "Exhibit A" (Gigi Gryce) - 6:37 "Gershwin Medley: Rhapsody in Blue/Summertime/Someone to Watch Over Me/The Man I Love" (George Gershwin) - 5:57

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