Roots & Herbs

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Originally recorded in 1961, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' Roots & Herbs was first released in 1970 and then reissued on CD in 1999. Like many titles in the Blue Note catalog, this fine Blakey outing was initially shelved by Alfred Lion for unknown reasons; thankfully, considering Blakey's large array of available Blue Note albums, this wasn't necessarily a crisis. But now that it's out once again with a 24-bit digital makeover, Roots & Herbs is definitely a welcome addition to the drum master's CD catalog. Having already been a magnet for such talented hard bop players and writers as Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver who helped form ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Originally recorded in 1961, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' Roots & Herbs was first released in 1970 and then reissued on CD in 1999. Like many titles in the Blue Note catalog, this fine Blakey outing was initially shelved by Alfred Lion for unknown reasons; thankfully, considering Blakey's large array of available Blue Note albums, this wasn't necessarily a crisis. But now that it's out once again with a 24-bit digital makeover, Roots & Herbs is definitely a welcome addition to the drum master's CD catalog. Having already been a magnet for such talented hard bop players and writers as Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver who helped form the original group, and Kenny Dorham, the Messengers' lineup of 1961 featured one of Blakey's best rosters: In addition to trumpeter Lee Morgan, who would alternate in the early '60s with Freddie Hubbard, the band featured tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianists Walter Davis, Jr. and Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Feeding off six early compositions by Shorter the CD also includes three alternate takes, all the players reel off topnotch solos atop Blakey's fluidly galvanizing swing beat. Highlights include "Ping Pong," "Look at Birdie," and "Master Mind," compositions that, in their fetchingly askew way, nicely foreshadow the wealth of ideas to come from Shorter's pen throughout the '60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352195626
  • Catalog Number: 21956
  • Sales rank: 198,057

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ping Pong - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:06)
  2. 2 Roots and Herbs - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:05)
  3. 3 The Back Sliders - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:51)
  4. 4 United - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:29)
  5. 5 Look at the Birdie - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:45)
  6. 6 Master Mind - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:55)
  7. 7 The Back Sliders - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (7:12)
  8. 8 Ping Pong - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (5:58)
  9. 9 United - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (6:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Blakey Primary Artist, Drums, Snare Drums
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Timmons Piano
Jymie Merritt Bass
Walter Davis Jr. Piano
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Alfred Lion Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Jack Tracy Liner Notes
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
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