Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Roots & Herbs

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Roots & Herbs

Hard Bop, Blues and Soul – all here, in this Lee Morgan Edition of the Messengers that consistently set top-tier records to tape for Blue Note.  

 The title tune is enchanting. One imagines one sitting with a skilled medicine man in Kahondo ka Byamarembo, in the hills of Kigyezi, watching steamy roots and herbs in a clay pot, perched over a three-stone fireplace, changing into a syrup that is guaranteed to cure one of something. 
All six tunes are present with that rhythmic, melody-rich groove that The Messengers dispensed without holding back. This music cures me of the residues of a hard day’s labour, and my futile worries about a world whose peculiar offerings are beyond my control. Excellent. Essential.



Art Blakey – drums

Lee Morgan – Trumpet

Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone

Bobby Timmons – Piano

Walter Davis Jr – Piano (“Roots & Herbs”, and “United”)

Jymie Merritt 


Label: Blue Note ST- 84347

Recorded: February 18, 1961 & May 27, 1961

Released:  1970

Recommended re-issue: Blue Note Tone Poet, released in 2020


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