The Ugetsu Project Tribute to Art Blakey

On June 16, 1963, Art Blakey’s sextet, having recently returned from a tour of Japan, played a concert at the world-famous Birdland in New York. The concert was recorded and issued as the album Ugetsu (which means “fantasy” in Japanese). It is one of the finest recordings Blakey ever made, featuring brilliant performances and compositions by the legendary members of the band, which included Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Freddie Hubbard. The recording was produced by legendary producer (and longtime San Francisco resident, now 90 years old) Orrin Keepnews.

The Ugetsu Project personnel: Mike Olmos (trumpet), Anton Schwartz (tenor sax), John Gove (trombone), Adam Shulman (piano), Mike Bordelon (bass), Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums)