Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, recording in the very familiar territory of the Birdland
nightclub – in a format that was handled previously by the Blue Note label, but maybe never with a lineup this great! The performance features the sublime frontline trio of Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all
players that are their youthful best, and completely on fire with creative imagination under Blakey's leadership – the start of a great run for all
of them as solo stars
too. The tracks are long, and even if the tunes are sometimes familiar, the performances are spectacular – that special Jazz Messengers energy that makes records like this so great. This first volume includes the tracks "The Opener", "What Know", "Round About Midnight", and "The Breeze and I".