The Big Beat (Art Blakey album)

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The Big Beat
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Studio album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1960
Recorded March 6, 1960
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 47:49
Label Blue Note
BST 84029
Producer Alfred Lion
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

The Big Beat is an album by Art Blakey and his group The Jazz Messengers recorded on March 6, 1960 and released on the Blue Note label. It features performances by Blakey with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merritt.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Chess Players" (Shorter) - 9:31
  2. "Sakeena's Vision" (Shorter) - 6:04
  3. "Politely" (Hardman) - 6:04
  4. "Dat Dere" (Timmons) - 8:47
  5. "Lester Left Town" (Shorter) - 6:26
  6. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Arlen, Harburg, Rose) - 6:38
  7. "It's Only a Paper Moon" [Alternate Take] - 6:19 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ The Big Beat at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 25. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.