The Big Beat

The Big Beat

by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers


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The Big Beat

Perhaps the best known and most loved of Art Blakey's works, The Big Beat is a testament to the creative progress of one of the best jazz drummers of all time. Now over 40 years old, The Big Beat is as thunderous as ever. Here, Blakey combines his rhythm with tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter's brilliant composing to make what could only be termed a "structurally raw" album. Each track rips through bebop as quickly as Blakey ripped through drum heads. "Dat Dere" and "Lester Left Town" stand out as part of the true canons for hot jazz. Two alternate versions of "It's Only a Paper Moon" round out the album, both brimming with the fluid integrity of the song and the drive only Blakey could provide. As one of the few drummers to step out and lead, not just play backup, Blakey created a true jazz treasure in The Big Beat.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2014
Label: Audio Wave Music
UPC: 0693692200201
catalogNumber: 20

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Primary Artist
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Jymie Merritt   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Hardman   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Joe Harley   Producer
Nat Hentoff   Original Liner Notes
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Billy Rose   Composer
Robert Bantz   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Scott Warpool   Art Direction

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