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Africaine by Art Blakey.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 10, 1959
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
LT 1088
ProducerAlfred Lion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
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Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Africaine is a collection of 1959 recordings by jazz artist Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. The collection was not released until over 20 years after it was recorded. The 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
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.