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REVIEW OF JAZZ FEST '03
Monday’s highlights began and ended with the BlueNote era hard bop sounds of Atlanta-based drummer Bernard Linnette and his Interactive Sextet, After the festival Linnette, who combines Art Blakey’s power with Billy Higgins’ finesse...
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6 JUNE 2001, Atlanta
A Jazz Message
Bernard Linnette at home with Art Blakey's legacy By Bryan Powell
Drummer Art Blakey was an icon of jazz. For more than four decades, Blakey led the Jazz Messengers, the definitive hard-bop ensemble whose alumni eventually would include Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, Wynton Marsalis and others. Blakey was known for his rhythmic drive and for his ability to bring out the most in his band members.
Late last year, when local drummer Bernard Linnette decided to form his own band, he found Blakey's Jazz Messengers to be an ideal archetype for his own objectives.