Paris Jam Session

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Paris Jam Session
Paris Jam Session.jpg
Live album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1961
Recorded 18 December 1959
Genre Hard bop
Length 42:12
Label Fontana (France)
680 207 TL
Producer Marcel Romano
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
(1959)Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées1959
Paris Jam Session
The Big Beat
(1960)The Big Beat1960

Paris Jam Session is a live album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers with guest appearances by Bud Powell and Barney Wilen, recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 18 December 1959.[1] It was released by Fontana (France) originally, by EmArcy in 1961, and subsequently by Verve on CD as part of their Jazz in Paris series.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]

Allmusic gave the album 4½ stars with Ken Dryden's review stating: "This is one of the essential live dates in Art Blakey's rather extensive discography".[3] The Guardian's John Fordham rated the album 3 stars out of 5, saying, "the heated live-show informality is really stoked by Blakey's elemental (or maybe just mental) drumming and some spine-tingling improvising by the young Wayne Shorter, unintentional reed-squeaks and all".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dance of the Infidels" (Bud Powell) — 12:26
  2. "Bouncing with Bud" (Gil Fuller, Powell) — 11:38
  3. "The Midget" (Lee Morgan) — 11:06
  4. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) — 7:02



  1. ^ Art Blakey catalog, accessed August 10, 2016
  2. ^ Discogs album entry accessed August 10, 2016
  3. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. Paris Jam Sessions – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (2007-08-18). "Art Blakey, Paris Jam Session". Retrieved 2016-08-10.