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Africaine by Art Blakey.jpg
Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1981
Recorded November 10, 1959
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 45:25
Label Blue Note
LT 1088
Producer Alfred Lion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
(1959)Les Liaisons Dangereuses 19601959
Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
(1959)Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées1959

Africaine includes 1959 recordings by jazz artist Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. These recordings were not released until over 20 years after it was recorded. This album features tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter in his first recording with The Jazz Messengers, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Walter Davis, Jr. and bassist Jymie Merritt.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Michael G. Nastos of Allmusic called it, "a recording that shows a band fully able to fuse many exotically attractive elements into a unified whole of creative jazz music ecstasy".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Africaine" (Shorter) – 7:57
  2. "Lester Left Town" (Shorter) – 8:35
  3. "Splendid" (Davis) – 7:46
  4. "Haina" (Morgan) – 10:17
  5. "The Midget" (Morgan) – 6:00
  6. "Celine" (Morgan) – 4:50



  1. ^ Nichael G. Nastos. "Africaine". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Africaine – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.