Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Chippin In (180g Colored Vinyl 2LP)
Released on the legendary Dutch jazz label Timeless Records, Chippin' In features ten sublime tracks recorded at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studio in February 1990. Although Art Blakey passed away just eight months after these tracks were cut you certainly can't tell by the performances. For these specific recordings, The Jazz Messengers were expanded from its usual quintet or sextet into a septet and they showcase their energetic signature sound with remarkable style, musical knowledge, a dash of good humor and camaraderie you'd expect from a world-class outfit. The line-up on these fantastic sessions includes non-other than Essiet Okon, Geoff Keezer, Dale Barlow, Javon Jackson, Frank Lacy, Steve Davis and Brian Lynch...impressive to say the least!