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Art Blakey: Orgy In Rhythm

For CD reissue Blue Note paired both volumes of this now-legendary, and aptly titled drum session. These succeeded largely because of the generational and cultural aspects of the drummers, and the spiritual qualities they brought to the recording session. The three generations of trap drummers include Papa Jo Jones, Buhaina, Specs Wright, and Art Taylor. Cultural diversity was delivered by the hand drummers Blakey’s compadre Sabu Martinez recruited, including Carlos Patato Valdez, Jose Valiente, Evilio Quintero and timbalist Ubaldo Nieto. They are joined by bassist Wendell Marshall, flutist Herbie Mann and pianist Ray Bryant, who are largely confined to coloration roles.

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