Golden Boy - The Music of Art Blakey Performed by Curtis Fuller and Jazz All-Stars at Iridium
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With so many classic recordings as a leader under his belt it might come as a surprise to some that Art Blakey’s considered his best album to be the little known gem ‘Golden Boy’. Believed to be recorded soon after play Golden Boy (starring Sammy Davis Jr.) opened on Broadway, Blakey, at the time, was leading his most famous edition of the Jazz Messengers with Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman. This group was enhanced with the addition of Lee Morgan, Charles Davis, Julius Watkins, and Bill Barber on second trumpet, baritone sax, French horn and tuba to augment the group to play arrangements of the material from the show by Wayne Shorter (featuring some of his first writing for large ensemble), Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller for a rare large group recording by the Blakey.
The music from this neglected masterpiece was painstakingly transcribed from the original recordings by trumpeter/arranger David Weiss and was never performed live until its premiere at the Iridium Jazz Club in 2008. For this special encore performance, an all-star group featuring Curtis Fuller, who performed on the original recording and contributed an arrangement, and many other prominent ex-Jazz Messengers bring this great music back to life.
Curtis Fuller- Trombone
Donald Harrison- Alto Sax
Javon Jackson- Tenor Sax
Jeremy Pelt- Trumpet
David Weiss- Trumpet
Steve Davis- Trombone
Mark Taylor- French Horn
Howard Johnson- Tuba
Jason Marshall- Baritone Sax
Mulgrew Miller- Piano
Peter Washington- Bass
Louis Hayes- Drums