Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs

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Art Blakey — drums [click here to see more vinyl featuring Art Blakey]

Lee Morgan — trumpet

Wayne Shorter — tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Wayne Shorter]

Bobby Timmons (A1, A3, B2-3), Walter Davis, Jr. (A2, B1) — piano

Jymie Merritt — double bass

 

1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on February 18 & May 27, 1961

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1970

Reissued in 2020

 

Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Ping Pong
  2. Roots And Herbs
  3. The Back Sliders

 

Side B:

  1. United
  2. Look At The Birdie
  3. Master Mind

 

Reviews :

“Originally recorded in 1961, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' Roots & Herbs was first released in 1970. Like many titles in the Blue Note catalog, this fine Blakey outing was initially shelved by Alfred Lion for unknown reasons; thankfully, considering Blakey's large array of available Blue Note albums, this wasn't necessarily a crisis. Having already been a magnet for such talented hard bop players and writers as Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver (who helped form the original group), and Kenny Dorham, the Messengers' lineup of 1961 featured one of Blakey's best rosters: In addition to trumpeter Lee Morgan, who would alternate in the early '60s with Freddie Hubbard, the band featured tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianists Walter Davis, Jr. and Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Feeding off six early compositions by Shorter, all the players reel off top-notch solos atop Blakey's fluidly galvanizing swing beat. Highlights include "Ping Pong," "Look at Birdie," and "Master Mind," compositions that, in their fetchingly askew ways, nicely foreshadow the wealth of ideas to come from Shorter's pen throughout the '60s.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook

 

Ratings:

AllMusic 4 / 5 , Discogs 4.54 / 5

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