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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Blakey, jazz messenger, 5 July 2011
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Night In Tunisia (Audio CD)
A Night In Tunisia is one of the key Blue Note jazz albums of sixties, making its thunderous appearance at the dawn of that musically mercurial decade, in 1960. It`s full to bursting with gutsy, swinging jazz, all helmed by one of the very greatest drummers of the era, the irrepressible Art Blakey.
His group the Jazz Messengers were a moveable feast, but here we have a young Lee Morgan (1938-72) on trumpet, and a characteristically idiosyncratic Wayne Shorter, at only 27 sounding like a seasoned pro, blowing some warmly lyrical, tirelessly inventive tenor sax. Also on the date are easygoing, bluesy pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Jymie Merritt, and behind his populous drum-kit, the piledriving, persuasive Art Blakey.
The famous title track is not necessarily the most interesting number, though it`s well worth the price of admission alone. Shorter`s composition Sincerely Diana is full of wonders, as are the two by Morgan, and Timmons`s contribution, So Tired.
Blakey and Morgan were both hard-hitting players, so it`s good to hear the great Wayne Shorter not only holding his own amid such rampant testosterone, but tempering such forcefulness with his own often angular, oblique approach. His solos are gems in this album`s bejewelled crown.
Every jazz lover should have this classic record in their collection. I hadn`t played it for far too long - and damn, it was marvellous to hear it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another magnificent album from this fine ensemble., 25 Jan. 2015
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Another great album by the very best Jazz Messengers ensemble: Blakey, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. This album is from 1960 and starts with Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia", all eleven minutes plus of it. This might well be the definitive version out of the thousands of recordings availble. Then there four home grown tunes: two by Morgan, and one speice by Timmons snd Shorter. That leaves the popular tunes :"When You Lover Has Gone". Finally an alternative take of Shorter's "Sincerely Diana".
Every track is a gem, the style being hard bop throughout. Deservedly a masterpiece.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best night in Tunisia, 28 Sept. 2009
This review is from: A Night In Tunisia (Audio CD)
I have more versions of a Night in Tunisia than any other tune ive got,but this is the mother of them all.Art Blakey on drums,Lee Morgan on trumpet Wayne Shorter on Tennor sax,11 minutes of Jazz bliss.Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Beat, 20 Oct. 2013
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Mr. J. Russel (Essex) - See all my reviews
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It's Art Blakey & The Messengers! Which alone should just about sum up expectations of this fine exciting group for 'Messenger' fans.
Can't be beat- pun intended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Tunisia at last., 12 April 2014
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I bought a version of Night in Tunisia not knowing it was a later recording. Now have both. The original shades it.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adequately sounding jazz classic, 25 Jun. 2013
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Mario F. M. Santos (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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A 24bit/192KHz FLAC copy would have been much better, so I'll keep buying a lot less: thank you, music industry! :P
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