Music for Art's sake
Bandleader Sean Dobbins hears Blakey's message
Published: December 1, 2010
He went on to play with greats such as James Moody, and Sonny Fortune. In 2008, Dobbins formed Sean Dobbins and the Modern Jazz Messengers, and released their debut recording, Blue Horizons, which he dedicated to Art Blakey. On the recording, you can check out Dobbins' band-leading acumen, guiding his musicians, all hungry improvisers, through hard-bop staples such as "One by One," "Ping Pong" and "Bolivia."
Dobbins has kept his promise to continue the spirit of Art Blakey's music through the Modern Jazz Messengers. Dobbins is plotting the band's second album, which the drummer promises will have a socially conscious bent.
"The Modern Jazz Messengers will be about some sort of significance about what is going on in society. I am not doing any records that I think will sell. No recordings will be about getting played on the radio. We are going to do what the Messengers have done. We are going to play the music that we believe in and everything else will fall into place," Dobbins said. How is that for another bold proclamation?
Sean Dobbins and the Modern Jazz Messengers with trombonist Vincent Chandler, pianist Rick Roe, and bassist Rodney Whitaker perform at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543; $10 cover.
> Email Charles L. Latimer