An absolutely wonderful 1961 set from Blakey and company, who demonstrate here how to be note-perfect without leeching away the emotion of a performance. Aside from Blakey’s divine drum work, the standouts include Jaymie Merritt’s trippy bass fingerwork and Wayne Shorter blowing his heart out on tenor sax. (allmusic)
Personnel: Art Blakey (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Robert H. Timmons (piano); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Jymie Merrit (bass); Lee Morgan (trumpet).
04. You Don’t Know What Love Is
05. I Hear A Rhapsody
06. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You