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Art Blakey - A Night at Birdland - Blue Note


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A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell. It was first released by Blue Note Records as a 10" LP (BLP 5037) and then as a 12" LP (BLP 1521) containing material from the second 10" album. It was reissued for the first time on CD in 1987 with two additional tracks (an alternate take of Wee-Dot and an improvisational piece titled Blues), previously released on a 2 LP Compliation in 1975 called Live Messengers (BN-LA473-J2). The CD was reissued again in 2001 as an "RVG Edition" remastered by Rudy Van Gelder with the tracks in a different order. The 1987 CD used the second 12" LP cover, the 2001 CD revived the original 10" LP cover.[1]

All of the music surfaced as part of a Clifford Brown box set for Mosaic Records (MR5-104) and a complete Clifford Brown set put out by Capitol has also appeared.

The recording was produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder for Blue Note. The reissues were produced by Michael Cuscuna. The spoken announcement by Pee Wee Marquette is sampled in the US3 song "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"

Track listing 12" LP Side 1 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette" 0:58 2. "Split Kick" Horace Silver 8:44 3. "Once in a While" Bud Green Michael Edwards 5:18 4. "Quicksilver" Horace Silver 6:58 Side 2 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 5. "A Night in Tunisia" (Originally released on A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 [BLP 5038]) Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli 9:20 6. "Mayreh" (Originally released on A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 [BLP 5038]) Horace Silver 6:19 Total length: 37:37

Art Blakey Quintet: Art Blakey drums Clifford Brown trumpet Lou Donaldson alto saxophone Curley Russell bass Horace Silver piano

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