Cranky Spanky – Bill Hardman
This bop-influenced head is wild! Can you keep up with the lightning-fast changes and melody?
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- Recording: Art Blakey - Hard Bop
- Recorded on: December 12, 1956
- Label: Columbia (CL 1040)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Bill Hardman
- Alto Sax - Jackie McLean
- Piano - Sam Dockery
- Bass - Spanky DeBrest
- Drums - Art Blakey
The Messengers started their December 12 session with Cranky Spanky, which we know was already firmly established in the group's book since it appears on Bill's first TV appearance as a Messenger, which preceded the recording date by more than a month ("Stars of Jazz" TV-Show, Los Angeles, October 30, 1956). The title is a tribute to The Jazz Messengers bassist, Spanky DeBrest. Some of us wonder if playing it made him cranky.
From the liner notes to the Columbia LP issue, "Blakey is perhaps the most emotional of all jazz drummers. He does not confine his work to time-keeping but infuses his personality into the entire performance, spurring, supporting, sometimes enveloping a soloist and then catapulting him forth again."
April 6, 1933 – December 6, 1990
While still in high school in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, Bill got to play with Tadd Dameron. After graduation, he toured with Tiny Bradshaw (1953-1955) and recorded R&B sessions with him in each of these years. Hardman recorded his first jazz session with Jackie McLean on August 31, 1956 ("Jackie's Pal - Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman" for Prestige Records). Both musicians joined Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers, first doing a "Stars of Jazz" TV show in Los Angeles, October 30, 1956, then recording the album "Hard Bop" for Columbia Records on December 12, 1956. Read more...