A Night in Tunisia Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Members Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Timmons contribute originals to the album and Timmons's "So Tired" might have been a soul jazz hit were it not for the overwhelming power of the title tracks. Two bonus tracks have been added to the original album.
ART BLAKEY, drums
LEE MORGAN, trumpet; WAYNE SHORTER, tenor sax: BOBBY TIMMONS, piano; JYMIE MERRITT, bass
* Bonus tracks, not part of the original LP
Recorded on August 7 (#2, 4, 6 & 7) & August 14 (#1,3,5), 1960 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I commend this CD to the House.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on May 15, 2014 by Gregg Rosenthal
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
A mentionned in another review, this CD "is not immediately accessible". I would say that it is always deceptive. Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by FRENCH JAZZ LOVER
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers light up my CD players. In my home and in my car. I have been listening to Jazz since I was small and my Uncle played with many name bands. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Kindle Customer
Whoever said that the Night of Tunisia is not a good version has a bad ear...
The fact that it is almost out of control and frentic makes it my favorite version by far. Read more
Imagine! Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merrit and Art Blakey captured in Japan doing The Summit, Dat Dere, A Night In Tunisia, Yama's Waltz, Moanin' and Blues... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by William E Donoghue