by jerry Jack (jjstyxx)
Art Blakey was one of the most influential jazz pioneers in the world of progressive jazz whose influence on the many musicians who played at different times with the "Jazz Messengers" group led by him, was enormous!
His POWER was legendary, roaring, driving, intense, and creative ideas set him apart from all contemporary drummers in his time.
Like Buddy Rich, he also didn't read music and felt that the freedom of being "chart free" enabled him to express his own artistic feeling and interpretation of the music and to enjoy
improvisational artistry which was, and is, instantly recognizable to drummers around the world.
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