As an artist, he resists the satisfying wrap-up, in a way that's closer to the filmmaking of Jim Jarmusch or Aki Kaurismaki, or for that matter the music of Joe Maneri, who is, tellingly, the only hard bopper
on the soundtrack.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Sony) is a fine way to meet the mentor of several generations of hard boppers
. Drummer Blakey here leads a swaggering edition of his long-running group, this one featuring Wynton and Branford Marsalis.