August 1, 2014 – 4:58 am

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With Tony Williams
Munich 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Jazz Now Festival, live at the Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich, West Germany; August 18, 1972. Very good soundboard.

Two drummers - the old and the new - Art Blakey and Tony Williams. Think bebop drummers and you think of Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and Art Blakey; and Blakey’s Jazz Messengers was a place where musicians cut their teeth and cement their reputation. After all, the Messengers included, at one time or another, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. In the early to mid-’60s, Tony Williams was already regarded a key member of the avant-garde movement. By 1972, he was already championing fusion-rock through The Tony Williams Lifetime, with John McLaughlin. At the time of this show, Art Blakey could be considered “old school” as opposed to the more “experimental” Tony Williams. [Also bear in mind that Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew came out between 1969 and 1970 and what Miles was doing was definitely not going unnoticed.]

The music here rather recalls Miles’ On The Corner; with the Blakey-Williams interplay [more interesting if this was a “sparring” contest] more pronounced on the track, Virginia, but overall, no fireworks - it’s really easy on the ears and everyone is generously alloted their time and space in the spotlight. And Ray Bryant’s percussive Cubano Chant adds a bit of world music long before the term became fashionable. As historic meetings go, this should not be missed. Only wish there was more fire and brimstone.

Thanks to amallama for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Track 01. Intro (Art Blakey) 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 02. Swamp Carol (Steig-Hammer) 13:55 (23.4MB)
Track 03. Rita (George Cables) 10:02 (16.9MB)
Track 04. Virginia (George Cables) 13:25 (22.5MB)
Track 05. Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant) 23:20 (39.2MB)
Track 06. Unknown 9:42 (16.2MB)
73 mins

Art Blakey - drums, voice
Tony Williams - drums
Jeremy Steig - flute
George Cables - piano, electric piano
Stanley Clarke - bass
Ray Mantilla - timbales, congas, bongos
Buck Clarke - gong, bells, congas, african drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “ART BLAKEY WITH TONY WILLIAMS - MUNICH 1972”

  2. Same Band

    By Phil on Aug 2, 2014

  3. Great band! I enjoyed Cables work with a group called Bebop and Beyond about a decade later, looking forward to digging into this.

    By drkrick on Aug 5, 2014

  4. I wonder how close this is to the gig Art played with Ginger Baker, also in Munich, also in 1972.

    RIP Tony and Art, you are both titans of the percussion world. - S.

    By slot sleet on Aug 7, 2014

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