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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots & Herbs (Blue Note, 1961)- TONE POET SERIES (Blue Note)


RELEASED: 4th December 2020
Black Vinyl LP

Format:  Black Vinyl LP
Cat No:  884052

How is it that one of Art Blakey’s greatest albums with the Jazz Messengers is so little known? The 1961 edition of the Messengers included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. In February and May of 1961, this group (with pianist Walter Davis Jr sitting in on two tracks) entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and proceeded to lay down Roots & Herbs, a brilliant set of six Shorter compositions including the driving hard bop of the title track, the playful “Ping Pong,” and the clever “United.” The album was eventually released in 1970 and deserves a place among Blakey’s finest recordings.


A1. Ping Pong 
A2. Roots And Herbs
A3. The Back Sliders
B1. United 
B2. Look At The Birdie 
B3. Master Mind