Genre: Jazz
Label: Blue Note
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings 180g 2LP (Mono)

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

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Michael Fremer Rated 10/11 Music, 8/11 Sonics!

Previously Unreleased Live Recording On Limited Edition 180g Vinyl 2LP!
Audio Newly Transferred From Original 1/4" Tape Reels!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman & Pressed at RTI!

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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 4, 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. The deluxe 2-LP vinyl edition comes with an elaborate booklet featuring rare photos by Japanese photographers Shunji Okura and Hozumi Nakadaira; a 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 1/4" tape reels, and the vinyl edition was mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI.

The sense of family, of a Blue Note family, of a jazz musician family comes through so clearly in this package. It might change forever your perspective on jazz. It surely will give you a deeper appreciation of Art Blakey. Crank this one up. The energy level is incredible, the solos inspired, the ensemble work well-meshed. And Bernie cut from tape! Other than that it says 'stereo' on the jacket, this is pretty much a perfect set.
-Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, Music 10/11, Sound 8/11


  • Limited Edition
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • Mono
  • Previously unreleased
  • Recorded live on January 14, 1961 at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo
  • Co-produced by Zev Feldman & David Weiss
  • Audio newly transferred from original 1/4" tape reels
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Gatefold jacket
  • 6 Collector postcards
  • 16-page insert
  • Rare photos by Japanese photographers Shunji Okura & Hozumi Nakadaira
  • Historical essay by acclaimed jazz critic Bob Blumenthal
  • New interviews with Wayne Shorter, Don Was, Lou Donaldson, Sadao Watanabe, Reiko Yukawa, Takashi Blakey, Louis Hayes, Billy Hart & Cindy Blackman Santana


Lee Morgan trumpet
Wayne Shorter tenor sax
Bobby Timmons piano
Jymie Merritt bass
Art Blakey drums


Side One:

  1. Now's The Time

Side Two:

  1. Moanin'
  2. Blues March
  3. The Theme

Side Three:

  1. Dat Dere
  2. 'Round About Midnight

Side Four:

  1. Now's The Time (Version 2)
  2. A Night In Tunisia
  3. The Theme (Version 2)

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