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.


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

Track Listing : 1.Enlightenment (Hobart Dotson, Sun Ra) – 05:02 . 2.Saturn (Sun Ra) – 03:37 . 3.Velvet (Sun Ra) – 03:18 . 4.Ancient Aiethopia (Sun Ra) – 09:04 . 5.Hours After (Sun Ra, Everett Turner) – 03:41 . 6.Horoscope (Sun Ra) – 03:43 . 7.Images (Sun Ra) – 03:48 . 8.Blues At Midnight (Sun Ra) – 11:56

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Sun Ra – Piano, Celeste, Gong . Hobart Dotson – Trumpet . Marshall Allen – Alto Sax, Flute . James Spaulding – Alto Sax, Flute, Percussion . John Gilmore – Tenor Sax, Percussion . Bo Bailey – Trombone . Pat Patrick – Baritone Sax, Flute, Percussion . Charles Davis – Baritone Sax, Percussion . Ronnie Boykins – Bass . William Cochran – Drums

Reid Miles

Production : Produced By Alton Abraham

Package : Francis Davis – Liner Notes . Spencer Drate – Art Direction . Judith Salavetz – Art Direction

Recorded On March 6, 1959 At El Saturn Studio, Chicago.

Released In May 1959 By Saturn.

(Source Art Blakey – The Big Beat | Official website)


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 […]


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