While landmark Blakey records like “A Night in Tunisia” and “Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers” pre-date “Indestructible” by many years, the 1961-64 sextet version of the Messengers with Curtis Fuller’s trombone added is the tastiest. Wayne Shorter’s tenor sax and Lee Morgan’s trumpet (in addition to Fuller’s ‘bone) make for a classic front line, but “Indestructible” is truly fortified with solid compositions from all three horn players. In particular, Fuller’s opening tune “The Egyptian” and follow up “Sortie” give the album a brooding momentum that never lets up. Weave in Cedar Walton’s distinctive modal piano backing, and you have a hard-bop masterpiece.
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