Art Blakey - Roots And Herbs - LP

Art Blakey - Roots And Herbs - LP

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1 LP - Blue Note Tone Poets series 

This LP features the third incarnation of Art Blakey's legendary Jazz Messengers, with trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Bobby Timmons (replaced on two tracks here by Walter Davis, Jr.), bassist Jymie Merritt, and the leader on drums. Lee Morgan was only 22-years old at the time. His recording debut with Blakey had taken place on April 2, 1957.

Wayne Shorter joined Art Blakey in 1959 and remained with the Jazz Messengers for five years, eventually becoming the band's musical director. Pianist Bobby Timmons stayed with Blakey from 1958 to 1961. The group's formation would soon change, and a few months later, Morgan (who would later rejoin the Messengers) was replaced by Freddie Hubbard, and Timmons (who would never record with Blakey again after leaving the band) was replaced by Cedar Walton.