Another classic Blue Note title, originally engineered under the auspices of the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. With one of the strongest quintets of his career, Blakey -- the master of hard-bop drums -- commands Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Bobby Timmons on piano and Jymie Merritt on bass.
This album, originally released in 1960, is a prime example of Blakey's expressed desire to showcase his young and ever-evolving young group of talent. Not only is there extended solo room for each member, but each selection except for the title tune was written by a member of the current back-up foursome.
The theme of the set is based on musical inspiration from around the world, incorporated into jazz styling. This practice had been going on since the 1940s, with the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's incorporating Cuban, African and Latin players and instruments into their writing and playing. The title tune here, Gillespie's A Night In Tunisia, is the root of the project and has become known as a Dizzy song whose definitive version was played by Blakey.
1. A Night In Tunisia
2. Sincerely Diana
3. Sincerely Diana (alternate take)
4. So Tired
6. Kozo's Waltz
7. When Your Lover Has Gone