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  • Release Date

    1957

  • Length

    7 tracks

Ritual is a studio album by The Jazz Messengers featuring Art Blakey. Three years after being recorded, it was first released on the Pacific Jazz Records label as PJM-402, and reissued by them in 1962, with an Elmo Hope session, as Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers/The Elmo Hope Quintet* Featuring Harold Land as PJ-33. It has been reissued on CD.

This later CD, however, features all the recordings from the original Ritual release, plus the Blakey album Once Upon a Groove, which featured two additional songs recorded in the same 1957 sessions, but not released for several decades (as Blue Note LT-1065). This album is highlighted by hard-swinging sounds from saxophonist Jackie McLean, who previously made his debut with Miles Davis in 1951, and trumpeter Bill Hardman, who played with Charles Mingus during the previous year earlier in 1956.

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