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Art Blakey: Interview 1

Interview One: One of the Extroverts of Jazz

Les Tomkins talks to the American bandleader and drummer in 1963, 1973, and again in 1987 in three separate interviews.

Interview: 1963

Source: Jazz Professional

Photograph: Courtesy of Bernhard Castiglioni 

Interview Text or Transcript

He has always believed in self–expression—beyond that contained in the distinctive drive of his drumming. During the ’fifties, when the ‘cool school’ was tending to turn jazz playing inwards, the Blakey Messengers were in the forefront of those who blazed a trail back to a more demonstrative, uninhibited idiom. No holds were barred in the struggle to achieve this end.

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