art blakey & the jazz messengers The Complete 3 Blind Mice (double CD, £13.50)
The Poll Winners series: classic albums reviewed in the legendary Downbeat magazine. Originally awarded 4 stars by Downbeat Mag. The sextet heard on ‘3 Blind Mice’ (United Artists), with Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Jymie Merritt, is widely regarded as one of the finest formations of Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. This set presents all of the live recordings from the two original volumes of the LP plus, for comparison, the original studio versions by the same group of three of the tunes. Includes 16-page booklet with rare photos and the original as well as updated liner notes. All tracks recorded live at the Renaissance Club, Hollywood, March 18, 1962, except ‘The Promised Land’ and ‘Arabia’, recorded live at the Village Gate, New York, August 17, 1961 and the two studio versions.
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