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Straight forward Hard Bop Jazz, could be the meaning behind the informality in the title of the album. Or maybe it could be the list of legendary individualists who makeup this sextet, WOW! Its a great testament to the unselfish gratitude these specific Jazz artists had towards each other during this golden Jazz age of the 50’s. Its so clearly evident to me, time after time, when searching for recordings (albums and songs) through discographies. They were all associated with each other and in so many helpful ways. One very important attribute was the quality behind the improvising and the endless inventiveness. It seems that by supporting each other so strongly the competitive level rose but in a positive manner which in turn, increased their creative level. This 1956 album, “Informal Jazz” is a perfect example, get it and treasure it! Learn more about the Prestige Records label, great stuff to know!

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This was just playing, a taste of Jazz Con Class Radio!! Here's "Sweet Sakeena" from Art Blakey's 1957 CLASSIC recording "Hard Drive." GREAT STUFF! This band was a great Jazz Messenger from the early days!! ENJOY!I
Art Blakey - drums
Bill Hardman - trumpet
Johnny Griffin - tenor saxophone
Junior Mance (tracks 1, 2 & 4-7), Sam Dockery (track 3) - piano
Spanky DeBrest - bass
Recorded on October 9 & 11, 1957, New York CityBill Hardman - tp Johnny Griffin - ts Junior Mance - p Spanky De Brest - b Art Blakey - d from the hardrive album recorded at 1957 for bethlehem label.
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