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Roots And Herbs Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002SWSP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ping Pong (24-Bit Mastering)
2. Roots And Herbs (24-Bit Mastering)
3. The Back Sliders (24-Bit Mastering)
4. United (24-Bit Mastering)
5. Look At The Birdie (1999 - Remaster)
6. Master Mind (24-Bit Mastering)
7. The Back Sliders (Alternate Take) (24-Bit Mastering)
8. Ping Pong (Alternate Take) (24-Bit Mastering)
9. United (Alternate Take) (24-Bit Mastering)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Herbert on 28 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album (more years ago than I'm comfortable with) caused a long (and expensive) love affair with the Messengers and hard bop generally. Its as close to perfect as any album I've ever heard. The best Messenger lineup at the absolute top of their game, the Shorter/Morgan/Timmons team was simply meant to be.
Shorter composed all the numbers, the mystery is why Alfred Lion sat on this album for years before it was released.
A difficult one, but for me this is the ultimate Messengers lineup's ultimate album, its certianly the one I play most - and I have a fair few to choose from.
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Format: Audio CD
Another great Messengers album from 1961. Did they produce anything but exciting albums that year? This is the era of the finest Messenger grouping of all time : Blakey with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter (who composed all the tunes here), Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merritt. (On two of the tracks the pianist is Walter Bishop Jnr).
Every track is a hard bop pearl, yet catchy and melodic especially "Ping Pong" (that must be one of the catchiest bop tunes ever) and "United". There are just six tunes, but nine tracks (three alternate takes).
Of course Blakey shows off his skills throughout,driving the band from the rear with his percussive yet inventive playing. We all now know that Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Timmons would all become super heroes (despite the short lives of LM and BT). The contribution by Jymie Merritt shoudn't be underestimated either. It is this combination of musicians that was so successful. However Walter Bishop is fine on his two tracks.
A magnificent album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Delicious Diet of "Roots And Herbs" 29 Aug. 2000
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In 1960 and early 1961, Art Blakey and this classic edition of The Messengers recorded an unheard of eight sessions, seven of them in the studio and one live at the jazz club Birdland. With the CD Reissue of "Roots And Herbs," all of these sessions except the live two volume set "Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World" have been made available on disc. (Don't confuse this with the 1959 session currently available as a two-fer with a similar title). The 60-61 Jazz Messengers edition -- Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt -- are arguably that historic band's greatest version, and without a doubt one of the great jazz groups in history. "Roots And Herbs" collects songs from three sessions in 1961, and every tune's a scorcher, with "Ping Pong," "The Back Sliders" and "United" leading the charge. The CD also includes three alternate tracks, and it should be mentioned that Walter Davis Jr. replaces Timmons on a couple of tracks, the only lineup change for all those aforementioned eight sessions. If you love classic hard driving bop meets great soul jazz, then "Roots And Herbs" is for you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Crisp, fresh and invigorating! 9 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To me, this group, and especially this incarnation, defines what jazz is all about. I don't pretend to be an expert, but I can't get enough of the Messengers. Lee Morgan is hot and playful and Shorter is a genius. Art's impecable timing weaves it all together into a finely knit explosion. I played this album over three times when I first received it and it has become my new favorite from this historic collection of artists. Dive in and enjoy!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sensational Hard Bop 3 Dec. 2000
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Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter. This CD, featuring all titles written by a very young, brash, and musically explosive Wayne Shorter is nothing short of sensational. A must for any fan of Shorter, Morgan, Blakey, or great hard bop. I own every Morgan and Shorter issue, with this one (ok, it is actually led by Blakey, but who are we kidding, this is Shorter's gig)I can say Shorter has never sounded better (he will later with Miles, of course). Thanks, Art, for bringing this session together. Just great.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Underrated and Aptly Titled 15 April 2006
By Michael Hardin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Roots & Herbs" is the last recording by this particular edition of the Jazz Messengers, with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, and Art Blakey pushing everyone from behind the drum set. Walter Davis Jr. replaces Timmons on a couple of tunes. Typically "A Night in Tunisia" and "The Big Beat," the earlier albums by this group, get more attention, but this one in particular is very intriguing in that all of the material is contributed by Wayne Shorter, at the time a new composing sensation who would go on to be possibly the greatest composer in the history of American music (insert debate here). One of Shorter's gifts, evident for the first time here, is his ability to write appropriately for the particular stylistic situation, while extrapolating and exploring in such a way that his sound is unique. This man wrote THE best post-bop for Miles later in the decade, some of the best fusion for Weather Report, and some of the most in-the-pocket yet interesting hard bop while he was with the Jazz Messengers. This album is really the first that shows that versatility, since the program is varied, stylistically correct, yet with the brilliant Wayne Shorter touch that characterizes his later work. "Ping Pong" in particular is one of his catchiest, most interesting tunes of this or any time period.

Aside from being a great composer, Shorter is a great player, and he plays well on this album. Something about the chemistry between Shorter and Lee Morgan, the playful kind of dueling while totally complementing each other, is different than what Wayne had with any other trumpet player, even Miles (although that musical pairing was something else altogether). Blakey is not prominently featured, at least in the way he might be on other albums, but his drumming was the driving force of the band and it shapes the music here to a great extent. Jymie Merritt is one of the most in-the-pocket, grooving bass players to ever play jazz, and he is in fine form here. The only potential complaint is the presence of Walter Davis Jr. on two tunes; something about his playing, especially in comparison to Bobby Timmons's playing, seems repetitive and uninspired. But it is negligible and "Roots & Herbs" is a great, underrecognized Messengers album of the period, which draws on the jazz tradition but has the Wayne Shorter dose of spice to keep things interesting. Highly recommended and accessible to anyone who likes jazz.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jerlaw - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Art Blakey & the jazz messengers must have made a gazillion albums (he died in 1990 at the ripe old age of 90). I have many of them, & I have never been disappointed.

You won't recognize any of these tunes (I'm a jazz musician & I didn't) but what difference does it make? Over the years the Messengers usually had a guest artist with them. Guys like Phil Woods, Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond; & the list goes on.Ilost my liner notes but the trumpet player here sounds a lot like Lee Moregan who composed "The Sidewinder," which every jazz musician will recognize.

On a tune called "united" art shows off his drumming capabilities magnificently.On "Look at the Bride" there is a gorgeous tenor solo.

What more can you say about Art Blakey & rhe Jazz Messengers that hasn't been said before?

Highly recommended
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