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Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard.
^ "Art Blakey, Jazz Great, Is Dead; A Drummer and Band Leader, 71" . New York Times article by Peter Watrous. October 17, 1990. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE1D61030F934A25753C1A966958260 . Retrieved April 25, 2010.
^ "Miles Davis III Discography" . Miles Davis' biography by Scott Yanow of Allmusic.. http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/features/miles/bio.html .