Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: A Night in Tunisia


A Night in Tunisia


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


A Night in Tunisia (Blue Note 4049)

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Art Blakey (drums), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano),

Jymie Merritt (bass)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, August 14, 1960


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Is there a more intense, energetic single track anywhere out there? The Messengers absolutely tear through the head of this tune, replete with Blakey's blistering fills throughout the "pre-sax-break" vamp. Shorter offers up a fine solo, opting for a minimalist, harmonic approach to filling up Bird's revolutionary break of 14 years before. Morgan blazes through his solo space, and Blakey's energetic hi-hat and clever Latin-percussion-drenched background figures allow bassist Jymie Merritt to solo without sacrificing the tremendous momentum that has built up. The presence of Latin percussion underneath what would normally be Blakey's unaccompanied drum solo frees him to experiment with melodic rhythms that make this one of his finest and most unique solos. Cadenzas by Morgan, Shorter and Blakey top off this classic, intense, energetic performance.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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