Today Art Blakey records ‘The Big Beat’ with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter et al (1960)

Art Blakey‘s ‘The Big Beat’ is an album recorded on March 6, 1960, with the Jazz Messengers featuring Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt and released the same year by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.The Chess Players (Wayne Shorter) – 09:39 . 2.Sakeena’S Vision (Wayne Shorter) – 06:06 . 3.Politely (Bill Hardman) – 06:04 . 4.Dat Dere (Bobby Timmons) – 08:48 . 5.Lester Left Town (Wayne Shorter) – 06:26 . 6.It’S Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose) – 06:41

Musicians : Art Blakey – Drums . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone . Lee Morgan – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Bobby Timmons – Piano . Jymie Merritt – Bass . The Jazz Messengers – Band

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Francis Wolff – Cover Photo . Reid Miles – Cover Design . Nat Hentoff – Liner Notes

Recorded On March 6, 1960 At Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, Nj.

Released In 1960 By Blue Note.

(Source Art Blakey‘s ‘The Big Beat’ | Official website)

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All About Jazz
Yet, the soulfulness of Morgan and Timmons still dominated the group’s character, even on the saxophonist’s own tunes. While this edition of the Messengers is often overlooked in favor of the ones that came before and after it, this date proves it to be one of the most satisfying […]
Whether he is playing a tom oriented vamp, improvising over the ride cymbal pattern, or just completely improvising, the solos on this record explain why Art Blakey is a legendary drummer. […]

onethink @ RateYourMusic
The quintessential edition of The Jazz Messengers? I think so. This is the sound of hard bop at its purest. The rhythm section of Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merritt and Art Blakey is superb […]


Art Blakey‘s ‘The Big Beat’


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