|Live album by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers|
|Recorded||June 16, 1963
Birdland, New York City
|Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers chronology|
The album marked Riverside's recording debut at the Birdland, one of the most famous and celebrated American jazz clubs. The original LP featured only six tracks. According to the liner notes, Orrin Keepnews, the producer, stated that "there were other performances taped that night that couldn't be fitted into the resulting album". So, when the album was finally released on CD, Keepnews added three new tracks taped that night. The Jazz Messengers' tour in Japan had ended a few months before this live performance, so the band decided to play two tracks as a homage to Japan: the eponymous "Ugetsu" and "On the Ginza".
- "One By One" (Wayne Shorter) - 6:18
- "Ugetsu" (Cedar Walton) - 11:03
- "Time Off" (Curtis Fuller) - 4:56
- "Ping-Pong" (Shorter) - 8:09
- "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) - 6:32
- "On the Ginza" (Shorter) - 7:04
- "Eva" (Shorter) - 5:58
- "The High Priest" (Fuller) - 5:27
- "The Theme" (Miles Davis) - 1:48
Tracks 7, 8, 9 are not part of original album.
- Art Blakey - drums
- Wayne Shorter - tenor sax
- Cedar Walton - piano
- Curtis Fuller - trombone
- Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
- Reggie Workman - double bass
- Allmusic review
- Billboard, 19 Oct 1963, p. 11.
- Original liner notes