Tony Allen preps upcoming EP ‘A Tribute to Art Blakey’

Tony AllenAfrobeat instigator and drum legend Tony Allen pays tribute to his longstanding idol, American jazz drummer Art Blakey on a new EP. The project named A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers features four tracks “Moanin,” “The Drum Thunder Suite,” “Night In Tunisia” and “Politely” which provide a preview of his forthcoming first album for Blue Note scheduled for release in the autumn. Recorded in Paris in live conditions that saw Allen and his 8-piece band together in the same room, with the sound channelled through 12 separate mics onto 2″ tape via a Sony MCI-JH24 analogue multi-track recorder. Listen to the opening track “Moanin” and hear Allen craft his unique Afrobeat style over the Art Blakey classic.



1. Moanin
2. Politely
3. Night In Tunisia
4. Thunder Suite

A Tribute to Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers is out on May 26th via Blue Note – buy from Juno or Norman Records.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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