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The Definitive Versions of Blue Note are on XRCD24... Listen & Compare!
Art Blakey was one of the greatest of all jazz drummers, a masterful talent scout and the inspiring leader of the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years (1955-90), the Jazz Messengers featured brilliant young talent who were pushed by Blakey to write new music and play at their very best. One certainly could not coast with Blakeys explosive drumming constantly egging on the players. The whos who of jazz passed through Blakeys band for several generations, with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis to Benny Golson and Horace Silver benefiting from the hard-swinging experience. But few lineups could compete with the 1960 edition of the Jazz Messengers featured on The Big Beat. Blakey, the old man of the band at 30, is joined by bassist Jymie Merritt and three brilliant stylists who were not only exciting soloists but very skilled songwriters: trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Bobby Timmons. The Big Beat introduces Timmons Dat Dere (which practically defines soul jazz) and Shorters Lester Left Town (a tribute to Lester Young) and includes an inventive version of Its Only A Paper Moon along with a few other lesser-known but colorful pieces. This is hard bop at its finest from one of the most immortal jazz groups of all time.
Mastered and produced by Alan Yoshida and Joe Harley from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note 2-Track Analog Tapes!
Highest Quality Analog-to-Digital transfers from tape to CD
Deluxe Packaging with Hi-Resolution Black & White Session Photos by Francis Wolff.
Includes Original Album Liner Notes
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Art Blakey, drums
Jymie Merritt, bass
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone
Bobby Timmons, piano