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A Night in Tunisia [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Art Blakey, Art Blakey and the Jazz MessengersAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. A Night In TunisiaArt Blakey11:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sincerely DianaArt Blakey 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. So TiredArt Blakey 6:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. YamaArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kozo's WaltzArt Blakey 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. When Your Lover Has GoneArt Blakey 6:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sincerely Diana (Alternate Take)Art Blakey 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00079ZA0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Throughout his long career, Art Blakey built a tremendous reputation for aggressive bands that featured the most gifted young musicians. Few of his later bands, however, could stand comparison with this 1960 edition of the hard-bop juggernaut. Its members combined strong writing skills with distinctive solo voices, including the creative seeking of tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter; the edgy, sometimes blistering, trumpet of Lee Morgan; and the soul-drenched piano of Bobby Timmons. Blakey's drumming contributes an explosive drive to this CD's version of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia," a coiling snake of bop exoticism, while "So Tired" is a Timmons essay in deep funk, like his better-known "Moanin'" and "Dat Dere" an elemental tune with subtle underpinnings. --Stuart Broomer

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Night in Tunisia" February 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The recent batch of Blue Note RVG releases will make many a jazz fan salivate. There are some long neglected titles in this round of reissues, with this one being one of the best, if not the rarest. Of the half-dozen albums this edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers recorded in 1960 and early 1961, this is the finest. "A Night in Tunisia" was recorded over two sessions yielding enough material for this album and "Like Someone in Love" (another candidate for RVG reissue). The latter album is great as well, but there is just something about the sequence of the Tunisia tracks that makes it a masterpiece. "A Night in Tunisia" opens with the fever-pitched rhythmic orgasm that is the title track. And the album doesn't catch its breath until the reflective "Yama." Then things pick back up again with Blakey's gallop-like drumming on the opening of "Kozo's Waltz." Finally, it's hard to believe "When Your Lover Has Gone" was not the last song on the original album because as the concluding piece, it fits like a glove. "A Night in Tunisia" is a classic from start to finish.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. There March 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I came to this album very early in my jazz listening career (taking baby steps out of the Ken Burns cradle). I bought it right after "Moanin'" because that seemed like the logical thing to do. Let me tell you, this album is a HUGE shock after "Moanin'" if you're not prepared for it. While "Moanin'" was an excursion in groove, swing, and in-the-pocket hard bop, "A Night In Tunisia" is a forward-looking powerhouse that isn't as accessible but just as amazing. The reason for this change can be traced primarily to the passage of two years and the presence of Wayne Shorter who was, is, and always will be ahead of his time. Though he contributed only one tune to this session, "Sincerely Diana," that tune and his others like it moved the Jazz Messengers much closer to the cutting edge of the new harmonic language that would become post-bop. His szxophone playing is also much drier and more angular than his predecessor, Benny Golson. Initially, this was a turn-off to me, as it will be for the casual jazz listener. Wayne Shorter takes time to appreciate but he truly is one of the greatest geniuses jazz has ever known.

As the other reviewers have said, the title track is a long, intense affair that highlights Art Blakey's drive and power on the drums. But it features great playing from all of the group, and Lee Morgan's cadenza near the end with Art cheering him on is one of the great moments of Jazz Messengers history. The other tunes, "So Tired," "Yama," and "Kozo's Waltz," are definitely in the hard-bop vein but they do predict the innovations to come in the following years. Since this album is not as immediately accessible as "Moanin'" and some others, get "Moanin'" first, then get "The Big Beat," also with Shorter present. Then check out "Like Someone in Love," from the same session as this one. If you like all of those albums, then get this one. The level of musicianship is superb and Art Blakey's drumming is superhuman in its drive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Night in Dreamland April 11, 2012
By Ianham
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having been rather tardy in coming to Mr Art Blakey and his Jazz combo, I am kicking myself for missing out on this superb collection of sounds. I had previously dismissed Mr Art as a bit staid and set in his ways. What do I know eh? Anyway having bought this CD through (to avoid the dreaded copy protected UK disc) I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. I had been a bit confused between apparently competing versions of "A Night...." , it seems that there is another similarly titled recording dating from 2 or three years earlier , with a different line-up of Messengers. I have no idea how this compares but on its own merits it is very fine. Sorry I don't feel qualified to do a track by track analysis - some Jazz buff can do that better than I. However I am more than happy to award this the five star treatment.

I commend this CD to the House.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe THE one to have, no kidding . . February 6, 2011
By jim g.
Format:Audio CD
This was originally recorded in Tokyo 'direst to disc' and released on Dutch Philips. The sound is head and shoulders above any of my Blue Note or Concord Jazz releases on vinyl or disc. My copy is vinyl. I have another live album of Blakey in Sweden recorded by Kavi Alexander of Water Lily Acoustics fame that pales next to this (and he is a great engineer). And the tunes and perfomances are first class all the way. The playing is superb, in fact. What is offered above is on compact disc and hopefuly no compression has been added. Fans ought to get one of these. It's one of the three best Blakey sessions known to me and the sound is the very best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dig those drums March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
bah! da da da da dish bah...

art blakey made the tune a night in tunisia his own, his solo opening the selection is so spectacular i wanted the drumming to go on. but then i would had missed the straight out tenor playing of wayne shorter, followed by lee morgan.

to call something a waltz outside of european based concert music is risky, the ear wants to make comparisons to hear if what is called a waltz is really a waltz or just someone saying something is a waltz. fortunately, for jazz there's fats waller's jitterbug waltz as the first jazz waltz. lee morgan's koko's waltz is in the tradition of the jazz waltz.

blakey's a night in tunisia is a filler in your jazz collection. you can't claim to like jazz or talk about jazz unless you've at least heard tunisia. and for the ridiculously low price it's being offered, less than eight dollars, at this writing, you really shouldn't pass it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must on any progressive and serious Jazz collection,
An absolute on the serious study of African American music history, that recordings like this one are the basic fundamental material to get a real perspective of how the music... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AFRO JAZZ
5.0 out of 5 stars good jazz
more good jazz in my collection Art is part of my heart and I love the music! just added them to my collection and MP3!
Published 4 months ago by Gregg Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all the way
I hesitated getting this XRDCD24 version as I used to own the Sound Lab gold CD & felt this couldn't be up to that. I was wrong... The hype on this disc is true. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid jammin'
The title song is the reason I enjoy this CD. Art came to musical talent through many years of getting it right. This is some of the best anyone will hear.
Published 11 months ago by sundog
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Direct Ode To The "Play It Loud" Repertoire
I know what a few of you might think when you listen to this classic favourite,
but this one will give you a slightly different sound and thoroughly vibrant sound
as... Read more
Published 16 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five and a Half Stars!!!
The 5 stars goes to the title piece. The extra half star goes to the hearing loss all band members received after recording "A Night In Tunisia"!!
Published on March 15, 2012 by rebd1908
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great spin on this song. B-side is my favorite. Well worth the addition to your collection. No regrets on buying this. Item was perfect; perhaps not even used!
Published on February 9, 2012 by Joshua M Ritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Check this one out
Wayne Shorter's tune is the second song on this album, it has the most incredible solo and melody theme imaginable. Very tight classy album.
Published on February 21, 2010 by harrythompson
A mentionned in another review, this CD "is not immediately accessible". I would say that it is always deceptive. Read more
Published on February 21, 2009 by FRENCH JAZZ LOVER
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Buy This Today!
I love all of Art Blakey's early recordings and I especially like "A Night In Tunisia" not for it's apparent virtuosity, but it's constant swing and focus on the music. Read more
Published on November 30, 2008 by Transfigured Knight
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