Art of Noise

“Jazz is just insolent noise,” says Dickie Greenleaf’s father in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” And no one’s noise is more sublimely insolent than skin-beater Art Blakey’s.

For your visual and aural enjoyment, Ivy Style presents three clips of jazz-ivy style that may look buttoned-down, but certainly don’t sound that way.

“I Remember Clifford,” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, 1958:

“Dat Dere,” 1961:

“Moanin’,” 1962:

3 Comments on "Art of Noise"

  1. This is just great! Bless you.

  2. Note Blakely’s great collar roll in “Moanin'”.

  3. I have the dvd of the 1958 peformance. Just the other day, while I was shaving, my boy(2 years old this month) came into the bathroom with said DVD in hand, held it up to me and said in a please-can-we-watch-this-now tone of voice ‘Jams?’

    I must be doing something right.

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