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A Night at Birdland Vol. 1

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Recorded  February 21, 1954
Label  Blue Note
Release date  1954
Genres  Jazz, Hard bop
Length  21:58
Artist  Art Blakey
Producer  Alfred Lion
Awards  Grammy Hall of Fame
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Released  July 1954 (10") August 1956 (12")
Venue  Birdland, New York City
A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 (1954)  A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 (1954)
Similar  Art Blakey albums, Hard bop albums, Other albums

Art blakey and the jazz messengers a night at birdland vol 1 full album

A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell. It was first released by Blue Note Records as a 10" LP (BLP 5037) and then as a 12" LP (BLP 1521) containing material from the second 10" album. It was reissued for the first time on CD in 1987 with two additional tracks (an alternate take of Wee-Dot and an improvisational piece titled Blues), previously released on a 2 LP Compilation in 1975 called Live Messengers (BN-LA473-J2). The CD was reissued again in 2001 as an "RVG Edition" remastered by Rudy Van Gelder with the tracks in a different order. The 1987 CD used the second 12" LP cover, the 2001 CD revived the original 10" LP cover.


All of the music surfaced as part of a Clifford Brown box set for Mosaic Records (MR5-104) and a complete Clifford Brown set put out by Capitol has also appeared.

The recording was produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder for Blue Note. The reissues were produced by Michael Cuscuna. The spoken announcement by Pee Wee Marquette is sampled in the US3 song "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"


Art Blakey Quintet:

  • Art Blakey – drums
  • Clifford Brown – trumpet
  • Lou Donaldson – alto saxophone
  • Curley Russell – bass
  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Production:

  • Bob Bluementhal, Leonard Feather — liner notes
  • Michael Cuscuna — reissue producer
  • John Hermansader or Reid Miles — cover design
  • Alfred Lion — producer
  • Ron McMaster — digital transfers (1987)
  • Rudy Van Gelder — engineer, mastering (1954 and 2001)
  • Francis Wolff — photography
  • Reception

    The two albums that were released from the Birdland sessions are considered by The Penguin Guide to Jazz to be part of their "core collection." A reviewer for said simply that "Blakey and company had clicked that night at Birdland." Allmusic mentions that, on this first album, "all of the participants [are] in inspired form. Classic bop."


    1Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette0:58
    2Split Kick8:44
    3Once in a While5:18


    A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 Wikipedia

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