JAZZ ALBUMS RECORDED:

Art Blakey - A Night in Tunisia (1960)
Track Listing:
1. A Night In Tunisia
2. Sincerely Diana
3. Sincerely Diana (Alt. Take)
4. So Tired
5. Yama
6. Kozo's Waltz
7. When Your Lover Has Gone
Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic
The lengthy title track on this CD easily overshadows the rest of the program for it is one of the most exciting versions ever recorded of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." Trumpeter Lee Morgan (then only in his early 20s), tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt formed one of the strongest of the many versions of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and are actually in fine form during the remainder of the satisfying (if anticlimactic) set. [Originally released in 1960, A Night in Tunisia was reissued on a Japanese CD in 2004.]

Archie Shepp - Poem for Malcolm (1969)
Track Listing:
1. Rain Forrest/Oleo
2. Mama Rose/Poem for Malcolm
Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic
This LP from the English Affinity LP is a mixed bag. Best is "Rain Forrest" on which tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, in a collaboration with trombonist Grachan Moncur III, pianist Vince Benedetti, bassist Malachi Favors, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, perform some stirring free jazz; the interplay between Shepp and Jones is particularly exciting. On a four-and-a-half minute "Oleo," Shepp "battles" some bebop with fellow tenor Hank Mobley, but the other two tracks, a workout for the leader's erratic soprano on "Mamarose," and his emotional recitation on "Poem for Malcolm," are much less interesting, making this a less than essential release despite "Rain Forrest."
 


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