Drums Around the Corner

Drums Around the Corner is a jazz album by Art Blakey which was mainly recorded in 1958, but not released until 1999.

Drums Around the Corner
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1999
RecordedNovember 2, 1958 (#1-6)
Manhattan Towers, New York City
March 29, 1959 (#7-8)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
LabelBlue Note
Blue Note 21455
ProducerAlfred Lion
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The album comprises two sessions. The main session, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Manhattan Towers, New York City on November 2, 1958, is effectively a showcase for an all-star lineup drummers consisting of Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes and Ray Barretto (on congas). They are supported by the regular members of the Jazz Messenger at the time, Lee Morgan (trumpet), Bobby Timmons (piano) and Jymie Merritt (bass).

The later session was a duet between Blakey and bassist Paul Chambers, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ on March 29, 1959.

Track listing

All pieces by Art Blakey, except where noted.

  1. "Moose the Mooche'" (Parker) – 15:19
  2. "Blakey's Blues" – 11:07
  3. "Lee's Tune" (Lee Morgan) – 8:26
  4. "Let's Take 16 Bars" – 6:13
  5. "Drums in the Rain" – 11:13
  6. "Lover" (Rodgers, Hart) – 7:24
  7. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (Berlin) – 7:11
  8. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter) – 5:43


Tracks 1-6

Tracks 7-8


  1. Nastos, Michael G.. Drums Around the Corner at AllMusic
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