Caravan is the legendary jazz album originally released by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers in February 1963. The album is described as "a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest." (BBC)
Art Blakey led many editions of his Jazz Messengers over more than three decades, but a strong argument can be made that the Messengers of his Riverside period constituted his strongest unit. With Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Curtis Fuller in the front line, with Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman as Blakey's rhythm-section mates, its combination of musicianship and sheer swinging force has rarely been equaled in a small band.
Caravan was the first of Blakey's Riverside albums and endures as a living monument to his nonpareil drumming and leadership. His solo on the title tune is one of the finest recorded examples of Blakey's unique melding of precision and power. Hubbard and Shorter contributed memorable compositions and, with Fuller and Walton, some of the greatest soloing of the 1960s.
"This release can be considered definitive Blakey, bop, and Jazz Messengers." -Lindsay Planer, allmusic.com
Prestige Records 65th Anniversary Re-issue
120g Vinyl Reissue
Art Blakey, drums
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Curtis Fuller, trombone
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
Cedar Walton, piano
Reggie Workman, bass
2. Sweet 'n' Sour
3. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
1. This Is for Albert