January 17, 2011

A Night in Tunisia - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers [1960]

Occasional thrills for people who don't like jazz. Possibly the most exciting version of Dizzy Gillespie's A Night in Tunisia commited to vinyl. Vinyl? This is the remastered 2004 CD edition. Scorching Jazz Messenger line-up boasts Wayne Shorter on tenor sax and Lee Morgan on trumpet (listen for spontaneous "damn" call out during Morgan's title track solo.) Fun, vigor and immaculate Art Blakey beat. Other tracks pretty classy too.

(Y brawd sends out Mabrouk to Tunisian friends and colleagues. The thugs have had their day.)

Oddi wrth y brawd
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Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

Now yer talking, Art's Jazz Messengers were a big par of my jazz education. Quite how the man ended up on On The Buses is quite beyond me.

I'd like to think you're right about Tunisia and what's going on there at the moment. Time will tell.

Y Brawd said...

A legendary cameo on Love Thy Neighbour too.