Roots & Herbs

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Roots & Herbs
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Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released October 1970[1]
Recorded February 12, 1961 (#8-9)
February 18, 1961 (#1, 2, 4-6)
May 27, 1961 (#3, 7)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 42:11 original LP
61:52 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84347
Producer Alfred Lion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
The Freedom Rider
(1961)
Roots & Herbs
(1961)
The Witch Doctor
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Roots & Herbs is a jazz album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, recorded in 1961 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1970. The CD reissue features three alternate takes, two of which originally released in 1979 on Pisces.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter.

  1. "Ping Pong" – 7:06
  2. "Roots and Herbs" – 6:05
  3. "The Back Sliders" – 7:51
  4. "United" – 7:29
  5. "Look at the Birdie" – 6:45
  6. "Master Mind" – 6:55

Bonus trackson CD reissue:

  1. "The Back Sliders" (Alternate Take) - 6:57
  2. "Ping Pong" (Alternate Version) - 5:58
  3. "United" (Alternate Version) - 6:48

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Oct 24, 1970
  2. ^ Roots & Herbs at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 25. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.