The Hot Box #057 – The Blakey Beat

In this episode of the Hot Box we celebrate the life and music of Art Blakey whose centennial was not so long ago. We find ourselves in very unfamiliar times, gigs and festivals have been cancelled the wold over which means no work for thousands of jazz musicians who rely on live performances to earn a crust. Perhaps we can help by purchasing their recordings so check out the Jazz Ireland Shop for a range of albums.

On a brighter note it’s always very exciting for me, and a personal pleasure to put up a brand new Irish album and to be able to give it a 5 STAR rating, in Hot Box 057 I get to do that twice.

The first new album is from Dr Linley Hamilton called “For The Record”, it really is a charming album and happily it seems to be getting a lot of well-deserved attention and praise.   

The second new album is from Carole Nelson whom you will remember released her album “One Day in Winter” to a great deal of critical acclaim in 2017 and now she has done it again with “Arboreal”.  

All of the albums mentioned here are available in the Jazz Ireland Shop where 100% of the revenue always goes direct to musicians.  

Arboreal - Carole Nelson Trio
For The Record - Dr. Linley Hamilton

'For the Record' sees Linley return with a quintet format for his next creative project. A superb recording that highlights Linley's sensational ability as a virtuoso horn player. 

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Arboreal - Carole Nelson Trio
Arboreal - Carole Nelson Trio

Arboreal begins with the feeling for place, for the local, then widens its scope to engage with current pressing issues of climate change and species loss.

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Track Listing for The Hot Box #057 – The Blakey Beat

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 02:04
02 Linley Hamilton Split 03:19
03 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Along Came Betty 09:28
04 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Backstage Sally 17:02
05 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Webb City 23:31
06 Linley Hamilton Sure Would Baby 34:03
07 Carole Nelson Trio Arboreal 41:48
08 Carole Nelson Trio No Mud No Lotus 48:54
09 Charlie Parker Chi Chi 55:46
10 Dave Brubeck Quartet The Duke 59:15


Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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