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Roots & Herbs (Blue Note, 1961)- TONE POET SERIES Limited Blue Note LP

by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Release Date: 20 November 2020

Format: LP Vinyl

Label: Blue Note


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


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.

Featured Tracks:

Side A

1 A1: Ping Pong
2 A2: Roots and Herbs
3 A3: The Back Sliders

Side B

1 B1: United
2 B2: Look at the Birdie
3 B3: Master Mind

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