ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings LP
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First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings LP

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS

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  • Release Date 05 November 2021
Product code
3595286
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
Blue Note

First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings is a thrilling previously unreleased live recording of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on January 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of Japan. The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups to tour the country, and adoring Japanese audiences were enthralled by one of the band’s all-time great line-ups featuring the legendary drummer with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. The concert featured soaring performances of well-known jazz staples including Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time,” Thelonious Monk’s “’Round About Midnight,” and Jazz Messenger hits including “Blues March,” “Dat Dere,” and “Moanin’.”

First Flight to Tokyo was co-produced by Zev Feldman and David Weiss and will be released in deluxe 2-LP vinyl and 2-CD editions, both of which come with elaborate booklets featuring rare photos by Japanese photographers Shunji Okura and Hozumi Nakadaira; an historical essay by acclaimed jazz critic Bob Blumenthal; plus new interviews with Wayne Shorter in conversation with Blue Note president Don Was, celebrated saxophonist Lou Donaldson, Japanese jazz star Sadao Watanabe, renowned Japanese music critic Reiko Yukawa, Blakey’s son Takashi Blakey, and a trio of drum greats: Louis Hayes, Billy Hart and Cindy Blackman Santana. Audio was newly transferred from the original ¼” tape reels, and the vinyl edition was mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI).

Tracks
LP 1 - Side A
1 Now's the Time - Take 1 (21:58) — C. Parker / Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)  
Tracks
LP 1 - Side B
1 Moanin' (12:44) — B. Timmons / Second Floor Music (BMI)  
2 Blues March (10:59) — B. Golson / Celedia Music (BMI)  
3 The Theme (00:32) — M. Davis / Prestige Music (BMI)  
Tracks
LP 2 - Side A
1 Dat Dere (11:03) — O. Brown, B. Timmons / Upam Music Co. (BMI)  
2 'Round Midnight (12:15) — T. Monk, B. Hanighen, C. Williams / Thelonious Music Corp., Warner Bros. Inc. (BMI)  
Tracks
LP 2 - Side B
1 Now's the Time - Version 2 (16:47) — C. Parker / Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)  
2 A Night in Tunisia (10:30) — D. Gillespie, F. Paparelli / Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)  
3 The Theme - Version 2 (00:32) — M. Davis / Prestige Music (BMI)  

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