Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

The Big Beat (2021 Reissue)

  • Released: 19/11/2021
  • Label: Decca
  • Genre: Jazz

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Art Blakey’s 1960 hard bop classic The Big Beat introduced one of the greatest line-ups of The Jazz Messengers with the legendary drummer joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Three of the six tunes here were composed by Shorter including “Lester Left Town,” but the album is best-known for an unforgettable version of Timmons’ enduring hit “Dat Dere”. This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.


The Chess Players
Sakeena’s Vision

Dat Dere
Lester Left Town
It’s Only A Paper Moon