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 second volume includes the tracks "Night Watch", "The Summit", "High Modes", and "The Things I Love".
(70s white b label pressing. Cover has a name in pen, a cutout hole, and light wear.)